Cinema convicted of food regulation breach
The Omniplex Cinema in Wexford was fined €1,000 for a breach of food hygiene regulations while Rosslare restaurant Sur La Mer was issued with a closure order.
The two Wexford premises are listed in a Food Safety Authority Of Ireland report on action taken under food safety legislation during July.
The court prosecution against Cameo Cinema Limited was taken by a HSE environmental health officer in Wexford District Court on July 28.
The company was charged under the EC (Hygiene Foodstuff) Regulations of 2006 with failing to notify the HSE of the operation of a food business at the Omniplex Cinema in Strandfield, Drinagh.
According to the HSA report, the business pleaded guilty to the offence and was convicted and fined €1,000 with costs of €800 and expenses of €250.
The authority reported that a closure order was served by the HSE on Yuejiao Zijia Ventures Ltd in respect of Sur La Mer restaurant at Station Road, Rosslare on July 23.
The order issued under the Food Safety Authority of Ireland Act 1998, was lifted a day later on August 24. The FSA Act entitles an inspector to serve a closure order when he/she believes 'there has been or is likely to be a grave or immediate danger to public health'.
A closure order is lifted when a premises has improved to the satisfaction of a HSE officer.
Principal Environmental Health Officer in Wexford, John Redmond said it is essential that the HSE is kept informed when food businesses are setting up. 'The notification process is straightforward and is free of charge,' he said.
Mr. Redmond said the latest case reminds food businesses that there are serious consequences for failing to notify the HSE.