Oh dear! It looks like July may be one of the worst months for food closure orders.
Today the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has reported of nine closure orders served on food businesses during the month of July for breaches of food and safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998.
Here is the list of places that were given food closure orders for the month of July:
- Punjab Pantry (restaurant/café), 39 Richmond Street South, Dublin 2
- Hartleys (restaurant/café) (Closed Area: basement dry goods store and basement cleaning store only), 1 Harbour Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
- Zam Zam Kebab House (restaurant/café), 16 Mallin Street, Wexford
- Moo's Burrito (restaurant/café), 62 Georges Street Upper, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
- Costa Coffee (restaurant/café), Unit 1 Longford Retail Park, Longford
- Tesco, Ballyfermot (supermarket) (Closed area: deli, bakery, and loose fruit and vegetable areas), Tesco Shopping Centre, Ballyfermot Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10
- Weeping Thaiger (restaurant/café), New Town Centre, Naas, Kildare
- Aroma Chinese, 72 St Laurences Park, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin
- Tasty Spice (take away), Main Street, Abbeyleix, Laois
Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI said that all food businesses must take full responsibility for the health of consumers by strictly following food safety and hygiene laws.
It is very disappointing to find that July is the highest month so far this year for Closer Orders needing to be served on food businesses. The majority of food businesses in Ireland must be commended for adhering to the highest of food safety standards, but there continues to be a number of food businesses disregarding important food safety standards. Each Enforcement Order sends a clear message to food businesses that unsafe food safety practices or non-compliance with food legislation is not tolerated by the inspection officers. There is absolutely no excuse for negligent practices. Food businesses must recognise that they are legally bound to make sure that the food they serve is safe to eat. This requires ongoing compliance with food safety legislation and hygiene standards. There is absolutely no excuse for careless practices.
The full details of the food businesses served with Enforcement Orders are published on the FSAI’s website at www.fsai.ie. Closure Orders and Improvement Orders will remain listed on the website for a period of three months until the premise has corrected its food safety issue.