DUBLIN, Ireland - The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has announced that in the month of July, it slapped closure orders on 13 Irish food businesses.
In its recently released report, FSAI said that nine closure orders were issued under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.
These orders were issued to Ricky's Fast Food and Indian Takeaway in Tipperary, Declan Lavers in Cork, Alchemy by the Lough in Cork, Dragon Inn in Meath, Glanworth Takeaway in Cork, Grace's Garden in Co. Dublin, Clarkes in Dublin 7, Anu's Kitchen in Dublin 24, Totu Douglas in Cork.
The FSAI said that all of these notices have since been lifted, except the ones placed on Totu Douglas and Alchemy by the Lough.
Further, the FSAI said that a prohibition order was served on Michael Walsh and Sons Butcher Shop in Athenry, Co Galway and an improvement order was served on Bruree Hut in Bruree, Co Limerick.
Dr Pamela Byrne, the Chief Executive of the FSAI, said the onus was on food businesses to ensure they protect the health of their customers by always strictly following food safety legislative requirements.
Dr Byrne said, "It is somewhat alarming that 15 enforcement orders were required to be served on food businesses in the month of July. The legal responsibility for producing food that is safe to eat rests firmly with food businesses. The inspections found that a number of food workers at these businesses did not have even a basic knowledge or training in food safety and hygiene, which is a legal requirement. There is absolutely no excuse for careless practices. Staff must be properly trained in food safety and hygiene and it is also imperative that an effective pest control system is in place."