FSAI Issues 11 Closure Orders In August
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has reported that eleven Closure Orders were served on food businesses during the month of August for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.
Seven Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 to Spar (delicatessen and food preparation area), Caherdavin, Co. Limerick; Casa De Burritos, Ennis, Co. Clare; Trendz Longford, Collinstown, Co. Westmeath; Ocean Chinese Takeaway, Co. Waterford; Camden Halal, Dublin 2; Sakura Sushi, Dublin 6W and Spice Bazaar, Swords, Co. Dublin.
Another four Closure Orders under the EC Regulations, 2010 were served to Javs Take Away, Youghal, Co. Cork; Namaste India, Dublin 7; Loughbeg Farm Foods Limited, Ballydehob, Co. Cork and Brennan's Butchers, Co. Carlow.
Commenting on the high level of Closure Orders served in August, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI warns that the legal onus is on food businesses to ensure that the food they serve and sell is safe to eat at all times. She states that such high numbers of Closure Orders can tarnish the entire industry.
“The majority of food businesses follow high standards and are compliant with food safety legislation. However, inspectors continue to encounter cases where consumers’ health is jeopardised through a failure to comply with food safety and hygiene requirements. All food businesses must have a food safety management system in place that is consulted and updated on a regular basis, in order to avoid non-compliance issues and breaches of food safety legislation. If any food business owner is unsure of their legal requirements, they can contact the FSAI through either our Advice Line at email@example.com, website www.fsai.ie or Facebook page”, concluded Dr Byrne.
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