The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has stated that there were a total of 143 enforcement orders served for breaches in food safety legislation in 2013 compared with 109 in 2012, an increase of 31% – making last year the highest to date for the number of enforcement orders issued.
The FSAI re-emphasised that it is unacceptable that some food businesses were continuing to breach food safety laws and warned that all food businesses must place robust food safety management systems top of their agenda or face the full rigors of the law. The FSAI stated that enforcement officers will continue to take a zero tolerance policy to breaches of food safety legislation and will not hold back in taking swift action against any food business that fails to meet its legal obligations in this area.
Between 1st January and 31st December 2013, enforcement officers served 119 closure orders, four improvement orders and 20 prohibition orders on food businesses throughout the country. This compares with 91 closure orders, three improvement orders and 15 prohibition orders issued in 2012.
Three closure orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
- Aneta Dabrowska (meat & meat products) (smokinghouse area only), Ednamo, Inniskeen, Monaghan
- Cronin’s Butchers (Closed area: food preparation room on first floor), Strand Street, Kanturk, Cork
- Lithuanica (grocery) (the store room of the premises), Unit 4, Edgeworthstown Retail Park, Edgeworthstown, Longford
Eight closure orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:
- Spice Heaven Indian Takeaway, Unit 9A, Porters Avenue, Coolmine Industrial Estate, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
- Indian Taste (take-away), 43 St. Mary’s Terrace, Ballybough Road, Dublin 3
- China Garden (take-away), 8 Stockwell Street, Drogheda, Louth
- Fusion Café, 109 North Main Street, Wexford
- Conefrey’s Pub (food store/preparation room at the rear of pub), Main Street, Edgeworthstown, Longford (two closure orders were served on this premises)
- China Town (take-away), Main Street, Castlebellingham, Louth
- Market Kitchen (restaurant), Market Street, Swinford, Mayo
During the month of December, a successful prosecution was carried out by the Health Service Executive on Swilly Meats Limited (butcher), Pearse Road, Letterkenny, Donegal for breaches of food additives legislation.
Commenting on the annual figures, Prof. Alan Reilly, Chief Executive, FSAI said, “Every Enforcement Order is one too many and it is extremely disappointing that, yet again, we have seen a significant year-on-year increase in the number of Enforcement Orders needing to be served. There is absolutely no excuse for negligent food practices.”