Food safety body has its busiest month in 10 years

Three closure orders and two prohibition orders were issued by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in Cork last month.

It was the FSAI’s busiest month for issuing orders in 10 years, with 12 closure orders and six prohibition orders served nationwide.

A closure order was issued to Milan Lukac of Slovakpoint grocery, 5 Lavitt’s Quay, Cork, under the FSAI Act 1998 because HSE officials deemed there was, or likely to be, a grave and immediate danger to public health at the premises. It was issued on Oct 24, but lifted two days later.

A prohibition order was also served on the premises on food which had been stored in a shed in its yard. It was lifted after two days.

Two closure orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010, because premises were non-compliant with food legislation.

One ordered the closure of the deli hot food bar at Quickshop, Castleredmond Place, St Mary’s Road, Midleton, on Oct 24.

It was issued to Vicky and Adrian De Roe, but lifted on Nov 2.

The other order was issued on Oct 4 to Michael O’Donovan to close the kitchen at the Shamrock Bar, Market Square, Dunmanway. As of yesterday it had not been lifted.

A prohibition order was also issued Tom Whelan on Oct 31 in respect of a cold store at Stormy Downs, Windsor Hill, Glounthaune. The order, issued by a Cork County Council inspector, has yet to be lifted.

Professor Alan Reilly, CEO of the FSAI, expressed concern at the high level of non-compliance with food safety regulations by some food businesses identified in October.

“Every enforcement order is one too many and it is extremely disappointing that the numbers of food businesses on which orders needed to be served was so high in October.”

He urged food businesses to take full advantage of the information and support provided by the inspectorate and the FSAI to ensure they have in place correct food safety management systems.

* If any food business operator is unsure of what is required by law, they can contact the FSAI advice line on 1890 336677 or visit its website, www.fsai.ie

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