Friday 23 March 2018

Two firms breached food safety legislation

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) served one closure orders in March (stock image)
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) served one closure orders in March (stock image)
Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

Two businesses were served with enforcement notices for breaching food safety legislation last month.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said inspectors served one closure order and one prohibition order in March because of concerns.

FSAI’s Dr Bernard Hegarty said that vigilance is always required in relation to food safety and that the legal onus is on firms to ensure that the food they serve and sell is safe to eat.

“While most food businesses are committed to high standards for the health of their customers, this is not always the case,” said Dr Hegarty, Director of Service Contracts.

“We’re urging food businesses to make sure that they have a food safety management system in place and that it is consulted and updated on a regular basis to ensure non-compliance issues and breaches of food safety legislation do not occur.”

The closure order was served on Millars Restaurant, Ballydangan, Athlone, Roscommon, on March 19 and was lifted on March 24.

Separately, the prohibition order was issued to Alimentara Transilvania in Coolmine Industrial Estate, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 on March 19, and remains in place, according to the FSAI.

It added that products withdrawn from the unit included 144 tins of cheese of various weights and 62 bags of pickled cabbage in a lorry, and 31 bags of pork and pork products unlabelled in a chest freezer.

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, or where an improvement order is not complied with.

A prohibition order is issued if the activities (handling, processing, disposal, manufacturing, storage, distribution or selling food) involve or are likely to involve a serious risk to public health from a particular product, class, batch or item of food.

Irish Independent

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