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Ratted Out Closure notices issued to retailer and café after evidence of rodent activity found

Four closure notices were issued by the Food Safety Authority in October


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The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) have ordered the closure of a store room and staff canteen at a discount-retailer in Drogheda after inspectors found evidence of rodent activity on the premises.

Inspectors of the Mr. Price store in Aston Village reported “a grave and immediate danger” due to failure to comply with regulations.

Gnaw marks, rodent droppings in the staff canteen, behind the fridge and on packets of crisps were reported. Two packets of crisps also have evidence of being gnawed at by rats or mice.

The Mr. Price closure notice was one of four closure notices served on food businesses in October. The notices were served for breaches of food safety legislation, the FSAI Act, 1998 and the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020.

The Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Chai Café, on 60 Dorset Street Upper, Dublin 1 was also issued with a notice to close after evidence of an “active rodent infestation” was found. Inspectors found rat droppings and gnaw marks on a wall.

The cafe was also found in contravention of the act due to “large accumulations” of dirt in the kitchen on food preparation surfaces to such an extent that food was likely to be contaminated.

Yasmin’s Bakery and Catering were also ordered to cease “the preparation of meat, fish and rice dishes” as well as advertising such things online or through social media.

It comes as the establishment failed to notify the HSE that “the activities of the food business had greatly increased to include the preparation and sale of high-risk foods” such as meat, rice and fish. They also failed to comply with hygiene standards and failed to to implement and maintain HACCP procedures.

Damas Food Stall, trading at the corner of Robert Street and Cornmarket Row, Limerick was also forced to close for failure to keep food premises clean, no hand washing facilities, no hot water provided, inadequate separation of raw and cooked food and inadequate temperature control measures for raw foods/meat.

Meanwhile an improvement order was served on Navan Soup Kitchen, Brews Hill, Navan, Co. Meath.

The eatery was found to be non-compliant across a number of areas. Inspectors found that at the time of their inspection the floor covering in the food preparation area did not allow for effective cleaning to take place, there was no Food Safety Manual in use, and the dishwasher was not working.

They also found that there was no waste collection registered, with waste stored at the main entrance in black bags. Inspectors found that there were no monitoring records available for cooking, cold storage, cooling and reheating. They also found no evidence that food handlers were supervised, instructed or trained in food hygiene and that allergy information was not up to date or displayed to customers.

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FSAI Chief Executive, Dr Pamela Byrne, said “All food businesses have a legal obligation to ensure that they adhere to a high standard of food safety and hygiene at all times.

“It is also imperative that a proper pest control system is in place and that this is checked very regularly in order to avoid infestations of rodents and insects.

“It is also essential that food businesses have a strong food safety and hygiene culture in their business, which can be achieved through ongoing training of all members of their team and a strong commitment to food safety from the management team.

“Consumers have a right to safe food and food businesses have a legal requirement to ensure that the food they are processing, serving or selling is safe to eat."

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