Co. Limerick Take Away Among Those Ordered to Close by the FSAI

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Eight enforcement orders were served on food businesses during the month of March by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).

Among those served with closure orders was OPTP Eatery Limited at The Cross, Knocklong, Co. Limerick.

Other food businesses served with closure orders were:

  • IrEntertainment Limited, 106 Lagan Road, Dublin Industrial Estate, Dublin 11
  • Press Up Eats, 4-5 South Main Street, Cork
  • Asian Food Babak, Unit 5A, Park Road Business Park, Park Road, Waterford

Three Closure Orders were served under the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020 on:

  • Remedy Health (Closed activities: All processing, marketing, sale and supply of Cannabidiol (CBD) food products (including food supplements) and the internet sites or social media sites it operates or employs, be ceased), Unit 7, Yawl Business Park, Millennium Court, Foxhole, Youghal, Cork
  • Indias Taste (take away), Bridgewater Hall, 17-19 Summerhill Parade, Dublin 1
  • Allta at Liffey Trust Centre, 117-126 Sheriff Street Upper, Dublin 1

Some of the reasons that enforcement orders were served by the FSAI include extensive rodent activity; a glue trap containing a dead rodent was found on a box of crisps on the shop floor; no suitable means for washing or disinfecting cooking equipment; cooked chicken and cooked lamb stored overnight and uncovered in an open display unit; no evidence of effective food safety management system in place, among others.

Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive of the FSAI said: “It is simply not good enough that there continues to be such grave and serious disregard of basic food safety procedures.

“The Enforcement Orders in March show that some businesses are failing to comply with safe food practices that are in place to protect consumers’ health.”

Dr Byrne also said that the fact that many of the complaints related to significant rodent activity at some premises was unacceptable.

“In particular, several of the Closure Orders reference significant rodent infestations. This is not acceptable in any food business at any time, as it poses a serious risk to public health.

“Food businesses need to ensure that they have a strong food safety culture, including correct food safety management procedures in place to ensure pest control and best hygiene practice at all times.”