Seven food businesses issued with closure orders last month

Seven business were issued with closure orders in December
Seven business were issued with closure orders in December

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland issued seven closure orders to food businesses in December.

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

  • Tom Costello (poultry slaughtering), Old Town Hospital, Limerick
  • Tasty Bites (restaurant), 281 Hyde Road, Limerick
  • Sunrise Indian and European Takeaway, Magheraclogher, Bunbeg, Donegal

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

  • JDs (delicatessen) (closed activity: preparation and sale of hot and cold foods at the deli counter), Unit 2-3, Rathcoole Shopping Mall, Main Street, Rathcoole, County Dublin
  • John Doyles (public house) (closed activity: the preparation and service of foods only - service of beverages not affected), 160-1 Phibsborough Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 7
  • Dynasty Restaurant, 31 Bridge Street, Skibereen, Cork
  • Moonsoon Restaurant, Church Street, Collon, Louth

The FSAI also revealed that they served six per cent less enforcement orders last year compared to 2014. A total of 106 were served in 2015, compared to 113 the year before.

Of the 106, 90 were closure orders.

Commenting on the annual figures, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI warned that there can be no room for complacency when it comes to food safety and that the legal onus is on food businesses to ensure they fully comply with food safety legislation at all times.

She stated: “There is absolutely no excuse for negligent food practices. The types of reasons cited for Closure Orders are recurring reasons and easily avoidable. They are simple errors that should not be happening in any food business. Food businesses need to have the proper systems in place to ensure that the food they are preparing or serving is safe to eat. While most food businesses follow high standards and are compliant with food safety legislation, we continue to encounter cases where consumers’ health is put at risk through a lack of compliance. This is unacceptable and will be met with the full rigors of the law.”