Irish market suffers rise in kitchen closures

Eleven separate food businesses in Ireland were closed for food safety breaches during August, capping a “worrying trend” in commercial kitchen safety practices.

Enforcement orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive on businesses found to be breach legislation pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.

The closures involved five takeaways, four pubs, a fish and chip shop and a deli.

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Prof. Alan Reilly, chief executive of the FSAI expressed his disappointment at the continuingly high number of closure orders needing to be served on food businesses in Ireland, noting that it follows 12 closure orders served in July.

“In July we witnessed one of the highest months for closure orders over the last 10 years. Unfortunately, last month was not much better, which is a very worrying trend. Again and again, we encounter cases of improper storage of foodstuffs and poor cleaning and sanitising,” he said.

Reilly says it is imperative that food businesses take full advantage of the support provided by the inspectorate and the FSAI to ensure they are complying with commercial kitchen regulations.

“We’re urging food businesses to make sure that they have a food safety management system in place and that it is consulted on a regular basis and updated, where necessary, to ensure non-compliance issues and breaches of food safety legislation don’t occur,” he said. “There is absolutely no excuse for negligent practices.”

Closure orders were served on the following food businesses during August:

– Golden Fish & Chips take-away, Tipperary
– Indian Royale restaurant, Donegal
– Chutney Takeaway, County Dublin
– Pygmalion Public House Ltd (closed area: preparation kitchen, keg room, under-street stores, yard area & bottle store)
– Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin
– Foleys public house (closed area: basement), Dublin
– Polish Groceries Galicja Ltd (closed area: delicatessen/meat counter), Clare
– Mirza’s Take Away, Wicklow
– Tony’s Takeaway, Wicklow
– Eternal Chinese Take-Away, Dublin
Roadside Tavern public house (closed area: kitchen, food storage ancillary areas & food service facilities), Clare
– Lings restaurant, Wicklow

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