Five food businesses were hit with enforcement orders throughout October, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).

In total, there were four closure orders issued, two of which have since been lifted, while one prohibition order was served that has also been lifted, with the orders all being related to basic food safety and hygiene requirements.

The enforcement orders were administered by the FSAI.

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Two Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Base Coffee, The Mart, Newbridge Road, Kilcullen, Kildare
  • Indian Spices (restaurant/café), 138 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, this was lifted on October 12.

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

  • Mizzoni Pizza (take away), 12 Railway Street, Navan, Meath
  • Seasons Chinese, Bridge Street, Strokestown, Roscommon, this was subsequently lifted on November 2.

One Prohibition Order was served under the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations 2020 on:

  • Meghans Café, 8 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2, which was lifted on October 9.

Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI, said that the issues resulting in the five enforcement orders in October related to failures in basic food safety and hygiene requirements, and expressed her disappointment at the absence of food safety culture in some establishments.

She said: “Food businesses must ensure there is a strong food safety culture in place, including adequate training for all staff.

“This simply must be a top priority for food businesses. Consumers have a right to safe food, and there is a personal responsibility for managers and all employees to comply with food safety legal requirements at all times.

“Neglecting food safety demonstrates disregard for the well-being of customers and also potentially places their health at an unnecessary risk.

“There can be zero tolerance for negligent practices that put consumers’ health at risk, and the full powers of food law will be used if a food business is found to be in breach.”

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