The food watchdog yesterday said 10 food businesses had been issued with enforcement orders in the first two months of this year, compared to nine for the same period last year. “Although 10 closures is a very small percentage of the total number of food businesses in Ireland, it is disappointing that each month we have to use legal powers to force food businesses to comply with the law to ensure consumer health is protected,” said Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) chief executive Dr Patrick Wall.
“In addition to making their customers ill, food businesses disregarding the law can attract adverse publicity and damage consumer confidence in the safety of food,” he said. Dr Wall said many food businesses were achieving standards in excess of the legal requirement and were role models for the rest of the food chain.
“Consumers have a right to expect that the food they purchase is safe and that the standards and practices are in full compliance with the law,” he said.
He said standards were so low in four food businesses inspected that three were immediately issued with closure orders and a fourth given an improvement order.
Two of the closure orders were served by environmental health officers (EHOs) in the Northern Area Health Board in greater Dublin, on Crystal Ventures, Moore Street, and Zafar Shahs Indian Village Restaurant, Castleknock. The third closure order was served by EHOs in the South Eastern Health Board on Nicholas Newport Poultry Plant in Ballycogley, Co Wexford.
An improvement order was served on The Rushbrook Hotel in Cobh, Co Cork, by EHOs in the Southern Health Board.
Closure and improvement orders will remain listed on the FSAI website for a period of three months from the date of when a premises is adjudged to have corrected its food safety issue.
* FSAI’s website: www.fsai.ie.