Food watchdog issues 16 premises with closure orders
A hotel in the south-east was one of 16 premises to be issued with closure orders by the food watchdog last month.
A total of 17 businesses were reprimanded by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in July, making it the third highest month on record.
The July report - which was released yesterday - confirmed that nine of the businesses were forced to temporarily close under the FSAI Act of 1998, while seven were directed to temporarily halt operations under a European Communities rule from 2010.
One other business, a fish wholesaler, was served a prohibition order.
The Blackwater Lodge Hotel in Co Waterford was among the businesses which were reprimanded by the watchdog last month.
A spokesperson confirmed an issue with their ventilation system was raised by an inspector, but said the matter had been resolved within days and the order was subsequently lifted.
Other businesses which were found to have breached the regulations around the country included takeaways, restaurants, a Dublin off license and pub.
The majority of the establishments which were deemed to be in breach of the regulations had re-opened in days and their order was lifted.
Dr Pamela Byrne, FSAI chief executive, expressed her "disappointment" at the high levels of breaches.
She said that most incidents are "completely avoidable", adding: "Food safety must be paramount."