Monday 16 July 2018

Watchdog closes three Irish food businesses due to rodent infestation

Iceland Stores Ireland Limited (retailer), Unit 1, Gorey Retail Park, Courtown Road, Gorey, Wexford was closed
Iceland Stores Ireland Limited (retailer), Unit 1, Gorey Retail Park, Courtown Road, Gorey, Wexford was closed
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

The Irish food watchdog closed three food businesses due to rodent infestation last month.

The three businesses, including an Iceland store, were reprimanded by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

They were forced to temporarily close under the FSAI Act of 1998.

The three businesses were:

Iceland Stores Ireland Limited (retailer), Unit 1, Gorey Retail Park, Courtown Road, Gorey, Wexford

Canteen operated by Get Fresh (Vending) Ltd, T/A Get Fresh Catering (The closed area comprised of: dining area, front servery, rear wash up/dry goods store and rear food preparation room), Beaufort College, Trim Road, Navan, Co. Meath 

AD Cash and Carry (Wholesaler/ Distributor), Unit 3/4, St. James Industrial Park, Kylemore Way, Inchicore, Dublin 8.

Another business - New York Pizza (restaurant), Main Street, Ballina, Tipperary - was forced to temporarily halt operations under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.

Dr Pamela Byrne, the FSAI’s Chief Executive said food businesses must prioritise food safety in their businesses, particularly in the lead up to Christmas.

“The three Closure Orders in November cited inadequate procedures in pest control which resulted in evidence of rodents in all three premises.”

“This is not acceptable in any food business at any time, as it poses a serious risk to public health.  Food businesses need to ensure that their premises has the right food safety management procedures in place to ensure pest control at all times.”

“Also, with the busy Christmas season well underway, food businesses must ensure that they can cope with the extra customer demand and must recognise the main food safety risk factors that can cause foodborne illness and are easily preventable.  For example: poor hygiene in food premises; inadequate refrigeration; inadequate cooking or re-heating; cross-contamination from raw to cooked food; contaminated raw ingredients; inadequately trained or supervised staff.”

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