Five closure orders issued by FSAI last month

Five closure orders issued by FSAI last month

Five closure orders were served on food businesses during the month of January.

The Food Safety Authority served five closure orders on food businesses in Ireland last month.

One of these orders was served on a retailer in Dublin, while another was on a well-known city-centre restaurant.

The other three are made up of premises in Limerick, Meath and Cork.

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

Hot Spot (take away), Parnell Street, Limerick (placed January 30)

Polonez (retailer), 20 Moore Street, Dublin 1 (placed January 10, lifted January 11)

Pacinos Restaurant, 18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2 (placed January 9, lifted January 12)

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

Beachview Tandoori (take away), Strand Road, Laytown, Meath (placed January 18)

Kavanaghs Fine Foods Cork Ltd (service sector), (Closed area: Standalone manufacturing unit located to rear of 9 Pearse Square), 9 Pearse Street, Ballyphehane, Cork (placed January 16, lifted January 26)

Commenting on the Enforcement Orders served in January, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI stated that food businesses must prioritise food safety requirements and not be complacent.

"The vast majority of Irish food businesses are aware of the importance of food safety requirements and are complying with food safety legislation. However, there are a number of businesses acting carelessly and potentially putting consumer’s health at risk. All food businesses must take responsibility and recognise that the legal onus is on them to make sure that the food they sell or serve is safe to eat. This requires ongoing compliance with food safety and hygiene standards. Food businesses should not hesitate to seek the information and support provided by the inspectorate and the FSAI. If any food business owner is unsure of what is required of them by law, they can contact the FSAI advice line at [email protected] or visit its website or facebook page,” said Dr Byrne.

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.