TESCO has pleaded guilty to breaches of food safety law for selling chicken that had gone off at one of its outlets.
The supermarket giant has agreed to pay €12,000 to charity and costs for the case taken by the HSE concerning the Tesco Extra outlet in Carton Park, Maynooth, Co Kildare.
It involved three breaches of EC Official Control of Foodstuffs regulations involving unsafe food being sold in the store and unsuitable storage temperatures and conditions.
The case arose in March 2011 after customers complained that raw chicken on sale at the Maynooth store had gone off, sparking an investigation by the HSE.
Tesco pleaded guilty to the charges at Kilcock District Court on May 25, 2012, before Judge Desmond Zaidan.
The probation act was applied and the company agreed to make a donation of €12,000 to charity as well as paying costs of €1,500.
Tesco said yesterday that this was an isolated incident and was not reflective of the high food-safety standards in its stores.
Details of the case were revealed in the latest Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) enforcement report.
It showed that six food businesses were served with closure orders during May because of serious food safety concerns.
This included the kitchen and restaurant facilities of the Grand Hotel in Wicklow town, the kitchen and food room of Isaacs Bar & Bistro in Midleton, Co Cork; and the bakery section of Smith's SuperValu, Monksland, Athlone.
Hyland's Traditional Fish and Chips, Watergate Street, Navan, Co Meath; Delicious Kebab, Castle Street, Roscommon town and Bia Bus food stall in Rosemount business park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 were also hit with closure orders.
All had the orders lifted within days when the problems were rectified.