Closure Orders were served on two Edgeworthstown businesses last month for breaches of food safety legislation.
Lithuanica (grocery) (the store room of the premises), Unit 4, Edgeworthstown Retail Park was issued with a Closure Order pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 on December 3.
While following an inspection on December 4, environmental health officers from the Health Service Executive served two Closure Orders under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010, on Conefrey’s Pub (food store/preparation room at the rear of pub), Main Street, Edgeworthstown.
The orders were lifted on December 11.
Under the FSAI Act, 1998, a Closure Order is served where it is deemed that there is or there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health at or in the premises.
Under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010, Closure Orders and Prohibition Orders are served where there is a non-compliance with food legislation.
According to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), between January 1 and December 31, 2013, a total of 143 Enforcement Orders were served for breaches in food safety legislation compared with 109 in 2012, an increase of 31% - making last year the highest to date for the number of Enforcement Orders issued.
Enforcement officers served 119 Closure Orders, four Improvement Orders and 20 Prohibition Orders on food businesses throughout the country during 2013.
This compares with 91 Closure Orders, three Improvement Orders and 15 Prohibition Orders issued in 2012.
Professor Alan Reilly, Chief Executive, FSAI said, “Every Enforcement Order is one too many and it is extremely disappointing that, yet again, we have seen a significant year-on-year increase. Last year’s 31% increase is extremely disappointing and serves as an unfortunate reminder that some food businesses continue to put their customer’s health at risk by not complying with their legal obligations of food safety and hygiene. There is absolutely no excuse for negligent food practices.”
Food business owners can contact the FSAI advice line on 1890 336677 or visit its website www.fsai.ie or facebook page.
And for new food businesses, the FSAI are hosting a free ‘Small Food Business Start-Up Seminar’ on January 29.