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Record number of food businesses hit with enforcement orders

A RECORD number of food businesses were served with enforcement orders in October over food safety problems.

The Food Safety Authority has warned that cutting corners on food safety is a false economy because it could lead to businesses being closed.

Some 18 premises received enforcement action in October, which was the highest monthly total in the FSAI’s 10-year history.

FSAI chief executive Alan Reilly said it was extremely disappointing so many businesses had fallen short of legal standards.

“The inspectors found illegal, unhygienic or unsafe foods, with significant breaches of food safety legislation that puts people’s health at serious risk,” he said.

“Cutting your spending on food safety practices can be an expensive mistake, resulting in closure of your business or significant court fines,” he said.

Twelve businesses received closure orders which can apply to all or part of a premises when there is deemed likely to be a “grave and immediate danger to public health”.

These included Jade Dragon restaurant, the Mall, Westport, Co Mayo; Chinaman takeaway, Main St, Oranmore, Galway; Lotus takeaway, Clare St, Limerick; China Link takeaway, Main St, Kiltimagh, Mayo; the Shamrock bar, Market Sq, Dunmanway, Cork and Campbell Catering’s kitchen in Athlone Accommodation Centre, Cornamaddy, Athlone, Co Westmeath.

Other premises were served with closure orders that were lifted within days when the problems were rectified.

This included Nirala Sweets restaurant in Dublin’s Clanbrassil St; Slovakpoint, Lavitt’s Quay, Cork and Quickshop delicatessen, Castleredmond Place, St Mary’s Road, Midleton, Cork.

Others that had closure orders imposed and then lifted quickly were The Delight House Takeaway, Main St, Bruree, Limerick; Pizza House, Main St, Ballinlough, Roscommon and Chilli Kebabish, Ellen St, Limerick.

Another five businesses received prohibition orders which prohibit the sale of certain batches of food where there is found to be a risk to public health.

This included a Cork grocery store which received a prohibition order banning the sale of any food that had been stored in a shed outside due to a pest infestation.

Another four food businesses and employees were prosecuted in the courts over breaches of EU food laws.

This included Smak Wholesalers, Primside Park, Northwest Business Park, Dublin 15 which was fined €5,000 for a number of breaches, while its employee Alex Kavaliov was also fined €4,000 for breaches.

Mizzoni Pizza, Church St, Castleisland, was also convicted and fined over breaches of food law earlier this year.