Five closure orders placed on Dublin food businesses in July

Five closure orders placed on Dublin food businesses in July

Nine closure orders were served on food businesses during the month of July, with five of the orders placed on premises in the capital.

The Food Safety Authority also served closure orders on food businesses in Wexford, Longford, Kildare and Laois.

It was the highest number of closure orders issued by the body in one month this year.

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

  • Punjab Pantry (restaurant/café), 39 Richmond Street South, Dublin 2 (placed July 27, lifted August 5)
  •  Hartleys (restaurant/café) (Closed Area: basement dry goods store and basement cleaning store only), 1 Harbour Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin (placed July 25, lifted July 26)
  •  Zam Zam Kebab House (restaurant/café), 16 Mallin Street, Wexford (placed July 25, lifted August 1)
  • Moo's Burrito (restaurant/café), 62 Georges Street Upper, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin (placed July 18, lifted July 19)
  •  Costa Coffee (restaurant/café), Unit 1 Longford Retail Park, Longford (placed July 17, lifted July 19)
  •  Tesco, Ballyfermot (supermarket) (Closed area: deli, bakery, and loose fruit and vegetable areas), Tesco Shopping Centre, Ballyfermot Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10 (placed July 14, lifted July 17)
  •  Weeping Thaiger (restaurant/café), New Town Centre, Naas, Kildare (placed July 11, lifted July 28)
  •  Aroma Chinese, 72 St Laurences Park, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin (placed July , lifted July 13)
  •  Tasty Spice (take away), Main Street, Abbeyleix, Laois (placed July 4, lifted July 7)

Speaking about the July Enforcement Orders, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI said:

 “It is very disappointing to find that July is the highest month so far this year for Closure Orders needing to be served on food businesses. The majority of food businesses in Ireland must be commended for adhering to the highest of food safety standards, but there continues to be a number of food businesses disregarding important food safety standards. Each Enforcement Order sends a clear message to food businesses that unsafe food safety practices or non-compliance with food legislation is not tolerated by the inspection officers. There is absolutely no excuse for negligent practices. Food businesses must recognise that they are legally bound to make sure that the food they serve is safe to eat. This requires ongoing compliance with food safety legislation and hygiene standards. There is absolutely no excuse for careless practices”, said Dr Byrne.

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

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 the FSAI website for a period of three months from the date the order was lifted.