Monday 16 December 2019

UCD campus restaurant hit with closure order by FSAI

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Jane O'Faherty

Two food businesses were served with enforcement notices last month after breached in food safety legislation, it was confirmed today.

A campus restaurant in UCD was issued with a closure order, while a butcher in Kerry received a prohibition order following inspections, inspectors said.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said Earl’s Delicatessen in UCD’s School of Architecture in south Dublin received the closure order on January 25. The restaurant/canteen area reopened on January 27th when the order was lifted.

A closure order is given when it is deemed there could be a grave or immediate danger to public health in or at the premises, or when an improvement order is not complied with.

Elsewhere Sheahan’s Butcher in Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry, was issued with a prohibition order when HSE environmental inspectors found four crates of out-of-date beef in a walk-in coldroom.

Twelve crates of unlabelled beef were also discovered in the coldroom, and a quantity of unlabelled meats that had been stored in the business’ freezer was seized.

The prohibition order was served on 19 January, but was lifted on 26 January.

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

Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive of the FSAI, stressed that food businesses needed to be vigilant at all times when dealing with food safety.

“Food businesses must recognise that the legal onus is on them to make sure that the food they sell or serve is safe to eat.” she said.

“This requires ongoing compliance with food safety and hygiene standards.”

The FSAI said the HSE also had successful prosecutions against two other businesses last month. Kelleghan Catering Food Stall on Main Street, Tallow, Co Waterford and Millbridge Meats in Kilmacregan, Co  Donegal were both fined for breaching regulations on the hygiene of foodstuffs.

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