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Four enforcement orders issued by FSAI last month

Four enforcement orders issued by FSAI last month

Two closure orders were served on food businesses during the month of April.

In total the Food Safety Authority served four enforcement orders on food businesses in Ireland last month.

Two of the enforcement orders were served on businesses in Dublin.

The other two relate to premises in Louth and Waterford.

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

  • New Great Wall (takeaway), 31a Castletown Road, Dundalk, Louth (placed April 20, lifted May 5)
  • New Century Thai and Chinese Take Away, 6 Prospect Road, Harts Corner, Dublin 9 (placed April 18, lifted April 20)

One Prohibition Order was served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:

  • PTM-Schabik (butcher shop), Unit 14, Park Road Business Park, Park Road, Waterford (placed April 27, lifted April 28)

One Improvement Order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Yemco Enterprise (retailer), Whitestown Road, Rush, Co. Dublin (placed April 5, lifted May 3)

Commenting on the Enforcement Orders served in April, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI said that all food businesses must comply with food safety legislation in order to protect consumers’ health.

“While most food businesses are committed to maintaining the highest standards of food safety for the health of their customers, unfortunately this is not always the case. Although, it is encouraging that there have only been two Closure Orders for the month of April, we are urging all food businesses to ensure that they have a robust food safety management system in place and that it is consulted on a regular basis and updated, where necessary, to ensure non-compliance issues and breaches of food safety legislation don’t occur.”


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

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.

Improvement Order

It is issued by the District Court if an Improvement Notice is not complied with.

An Improvement Notice is issued where in the opinion of the authorised officer:

  • any activity involving the handling, preparation etc of food, or
  • the condition of a premises (or part thereof) where this activity takes place is such that if it persists, it will or is likely to pose a risk to public health.

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