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Eleven premises named by FSAI for breaches last month including four in Dublin

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11 premises were named in this month's report from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland
11 premises were named in this month's report from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Eleven Closure Orders were served on food businesses during the month of August.

The Food Safety Authority served 11 closure orders on food businesses in Ireland during August.

Four of these orders were served on Dublin eateries.

The other seven are made up of premises in Cork, Limerick, Clare, Westmeath, Waterford and Carlow.

Seven Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

- Spar (grocery) (closed area: delicatessen and food preparation area); Old Cratloe Road, Caherdavin, Co Limerick (Date served: August 30)

- Casa De Burritos (restaurant), Unit C, Woodquay, Ennis, Co Clare (Date served: August 18, Date lifted: August 19)

- Trendz Longford (food stall), Lough Lene, Collinstown, Co Westmeath (Date served: August 16)

- Ocean Chinese Takeaway, 74 Upper Yellow Road, Co Waterford (Date served: August 12)

- Camden Halal (butcher), 24 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2 (Date served: August 8, Date lifted: August 10)

- Sakura Sushi (restaurant),157 Kimmage Road Lower, Dublin 6W (Date served: August 3, Date lifted: August 5)

- Spice Bazaar (grocery), Unit 2, Castle Shopping Centre, Swords, Co Dublin (Date served: August 3, Date lifted: August 5)

Four Closure Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:

- Javs Take Away, 16 South Main Street, Youghal, Co Cork (Date served: August 30, Date lifted: September 2)

- Namaste India (take away), 88 North King Street, Dublin 7 (Date served: August 29, Date lifted: September 2)

- Loughbeg Farm Foods Limited (bakery), Boleagh Food Unit, Boleagh, Ballydehob, Co Cork (Date served: August 22)

- Brennan's Butchers, 8 Dublin Street, Co Carlow (Date served: August 4, Date lifted: August 5)

Commenting on the high level of Closure Orders served in August, Dr Pamela Byrne, FSAI Chief Executive, warns that the legal onus is on food businesses to ensure that the food they serve and sell is safe to eat at all times.

She states that such high numbers of Closure Orders can tarnish the entire industry, as well as the confidence consumers are entitled to have in the safety of the food they eat.

"The majority of food businesses follow high standards and are compliant with food safety legislation.

"However, inspectors continue to encounter cases where consumers' health is jeopardised through a failure to comply with food safety and hygiene requirements.

"All food businesses must have a food safety management system in place that is consulted and updated on a regular basis, in order to avoid non-compliance issues and breaches of food safety legislation," Dr Byrne told fsai.ie.

According to the FSAI website, here is what a closure order and a prohibition order means.

Closure order

It is issued if in the opinion of the authorised officer, there is or there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health at/or in the food premises.

Closures Orders can refer to the immediate closure of all or part of the food premises, or all or some of its activities.

The Orders may be lifted when the premises has improved to the satisfaction of the authorised officer.

Failure to comply with an Improvement Order may also result in the issuing of a Closure Order.

Closure orders remain on our website for a period of three months from the date the order was lifted.

Prohibition order

It is issued if the activities (handling, processing, disposal, manufacturing, storage, distribution or selling food) involve or are likely to involve a serious risk to public health from a particular product, class, batch or item of food. The effect is to prohibit the sale of the product, either temporarily or permanently.

Prohibition orders remain on the FSAI website for a period of one month from the date the order was lifted.