The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) reports that fourteen Closure Orders and one Prohibition Order were served on food businesses over the course of May for breaches of food safety legislation.
Thirteen of the Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive while the other two were served by veterinary inspectors in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Four Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on Voujon Café in Tramore, Waterford; Jackson’s Restaurant and Guesthouse in Roscommon; Dragon Taste in Dublin; and on a Mr Ivan Ebbitt in Cavan for an unapproved food premises.
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Ten Closure Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) on a range of cafes and restaurants, including Swords Manor Take-Away and John Doyle’s Bar in Dublin.
Closure orders were also put The Palm Tree and Cloughjordan House in Tipperary; Chilli Kebabish in Limerick; Brosna Lodge Hotel in Offaly; Jai Ho in Cork; Mystic Picnic in Wicklow; and health food show Trim and Healthy, Meath.
New FSAI chief executive Dr Pamela Byrne commented on the high level of orders, stating “every Closure Order undermines the confidence consumers should expect to have in the safety of the food they eat. This has negative implications not only for the premises involved, but for the wider food industry.”