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closure order Sushi takeaway operating from the bedroom of Dublin house among five restaurants ordered to shut


Sushi (stock)

Sushi (stock)

Sushi (stock)

A sushi takeaway business operating from the bedroom of a house is among five restaurants ordered to shut for the month of October by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).

The FSAI found Koi Sushi, Nagoya Sushi and Kyoto Sushi, all located in Santry, breached food legislation, food safety controls, and record keeping protocols.

Some of the other issues citied in the food safety watchdog's report included food being produced, processed and distributed in an unsatisfactory and unclean environment and absence of safe practice when handling raw fish and cooked rice.

Two other food businesses were shut down from operating out of Cork including TFS Wholesale in Bantry and Speedos restaurant and café in the city centre.

The report noted further hygiene infringements observed in both businesses.

“A live rodent being observed running across a rear wall; evidence of extensive rodent activity throughout food preparation and storage areas," the report reads.

"Also rodent droppings and gnawed foodstuffs all posing a serious risk of contamination to food and consumers (were discovered).”

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

Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI expressed particular concern that this month’s Enforcement Orders included three Closure Orders in relation to individuals running the online unregistered and unsupervised food businesses selling a range of sushi products from the bedroom of a house.

“Running a food business that has not been registered and is therefore, not supervised is totally unacceptable and poses a very serious risk to consumers’ health,” she said.

“In these instances, the unregistered businesses were producing sushi without any hygiene or temperature controls.

“Sushi is a very high-risk product because it contains raw fish which must be kept chilled to reduce the growth of dangerous bacteria.

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“It can also contain cooked rice, which is a ready-to-eat product that must be kept chilled.

“In these instances, the absence of a food safety management system, no monitoring of the cold chain and no evidence of traceability of raw ingredients posed a grave and immediate danger to consumer health. Consumers should only buy from established food businesses.

“If anyone is in any doubt about the legitimacy of a food business, they can contact us via our online complaint form www.fsai.ie/makeitbetter and we will follow up on it.”

The orders currently remain in place.

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