Food safety watchdog issues two closure orders

A CHINESE restaurant on the outskirts of Cork and one part of a hotel in Cavan have been served with closure orders by the country’s food safety watchdog.

Closure orders were served on the Golden Beijing Restaurant in Ballinacurra in Cork and on part of the Loughbawn Hotel relating to an alleyway leading from the kitchen to the street at the hotel on the Main Street of Killeshandra in Cavan last month.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) also served an improvement order on the Cavan Wholesale company on Dublin Road in Cavan.

Closure orders are only issued by HSE environmental health officers were they believe there is a grave and immediate danger to public health at or in the premises.

The premises can only re-open once officials are satisfied that the reason for the order being issued in the first place is resolved.

The authority also revealed yesterday that another restaurant on the outskirts of Cork, Mr Dees Chinese Restaurant at Manor Court, Riverstown, Glanmire, was prosecuted in the courts.

The case was heard in the district court on February 17 and related to an offence under the EC (Hygiene of Foodstuffs) Regulations 2006 – protecting food against contamination and maintaining adequate hygiene on the premises – on November 12 last.

Those behind Mr Dees, a popular restaurant in and around Glanmire, pleaded guilty and were fined €800 plus costs of €1500.

The Militti Take-away on Fassaugh Avenue in Cabra, Dublin, was also prosecuted last month after pleading guilty to eight charges.

FSAI chief executive, Alan Reilly, said the orders showed that compliance with health regulations was essential for public safety.

“The FSAI provides an advice line where our team of experts can help a food business with any queries they may have regarding food safety practices.

“All complaints received by the FSAI are referred to environmental health officers who investigate each complaint thoroughly.”

* Lo-call 1890 33 66 77 or info@fsai.ie.

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