The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) reported that during the month of November, 21 Closure Orders, and 2 Prohibition Orders were served on food businesses for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.
The Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE) and veterinary inspectors in the local authorities. This is the highest number of Enforcement Orders in one month since the legislation was introduced in 1998.
Eleven Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
Ten Closure Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:
Two Prohibition Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
Commenting today, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI condemned the record number of food businesses issued with Enforcement Orders in one month, who have failed to ensure their premises operate to the highest food safety standards as we enter the busiest month of the year.
November had the highest amount of Enforcement Orders in the one calendar month which the FSAI has seen since the legislation was introduced in 1998. 23 Enforcement Orders over a one-month period is totally unacceptable. The presence of rodents and other pests presents a grave and immediate danger to consumers health and food businesses must put in place more robust pest control systems. Some of the reasons for Enforcement Orders in November demonstrate totally inadequate hygiene standards and these operators are damaging the reputation of the food industry as we enter one of the busiest months of the year. With the Christmas period already underway, food businesses must ensure they maintain high food safety standards and I hope in December we see a significant reduction in Enforcement Orders and improving food safety standards. The FSAI provides advice if food businesses are unsure what their legal obligations are at http://www.fsai.ie or the FSAI Advice Line, firstname.lastname@example.org, Dr Byrne concluded.
Details of the food businesses served with Enforcement Orders are published on the FSAIs website at http://www.fsai.ie. Closure Orders and Improvement Orders will remain listed on the website for a period of three months from the date of when a premises is adjudged to have corrected its food safety issue, with Prohibition Orders being listed for a period of one month.
Under the FSAI Act, 1998, 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. Closure Orders can refer to the immediate closure of all or part of the food premises, or all or some of its activities.
An Improvement Order may be issued by the District Court if an Improvement Notice is not complied with within a defined period. Further non-compliance can result in a Closure Order also being served. An Improvement Notice is served when it is deemed that any activity involving the handling, preparation, etc. of food or the condition of a premises (or part thereof) is of such a nature that if it persists it will or is likely to pose a risk to public health. 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. The effect is to prohibit the sale of the product, either temporarily or permanently.
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