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02 Dec 2021

Longford veterinary inspectors investigate food business

Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)

Chief Executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) Dr Pamela Byrne has revealed that Longford veterinary inspectors, in conjunction with the FSAI, were part of an investigation where a prosecution was taken in relation to an unregistered food business involved in the transportation of beef.

Four closure orders and one prohibition order were served on Irish food businesses during September, according to the FSAI.

The enforcement orders were issued for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020 by environmental health officers in the HSE and officers of the FSAI.

Dr Byrne said it is a "continuous disappointment" that each month food inspectors find serious non-compliances in food businesses that can put consumers’ health at risk.

She added, "This was evident in September where a prosecution was taken in relation to an unregistered food business involved in the transportation of beef.

"It followed an investigation by the FSAI in conjunction with veterinary inspectors from Longford County Council, South Dublin County Council, Meath County Council and Offaly County Council.”

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