A cafe in Cork City and two county food manufacturers were issued with enforcement orders by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in February.
Soma Coffee Company on Tuckey Street has been issued with a closure order, while Bally Bia (Ballydehob) and Irish Gold Venison (Mitchelstown) were issued with prohibition orders.
The closure order on Soma was lifted the next day.
Twisted Dough Wicklow operating a food stall trading at The Crescent Boyle in Roscommon has also been issued with a closure order.
Some of the reasons for the February enforcement orders include:
- rodent droppings found in a storeroom (food and non-food), as well as in the vicinity of the service area of a restaurant;
- immediate risk of cross-contamination due to raw chicken being prepared on a folding table beside the coffee machine at a food stall;
- an absence of running hot and cold water for the washing and disinfection of equipment;
- foods being processed at an unapproved establishment;
- and a premises that was not approved for cutting bovine species.
Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI emphasised the importance of all food businesses observing rigorous food hygiene practices and ensuring that their business is notified to the relevant competent authority.
“The Enforcement Orders served in February highlight the need for all food businesses to meet their legal requirements of high standards of food safety, hygiene and pest control to prevent food contamination and protect consumer health."
Dr Byrne added: "Consumers have a right to safe food and food businesses have a legal requirement to ensure that the food they are processing, serving or selling is safe to eat."