The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has said that 59 enforcement orders were served on food businesses for breaches in food safety legislation in 2021, an increase in comparison to 42 orders served in 2020. The numbers are still substantially down on pre-COVID levels.
The increase in numbers largely reflects the reopening of many food businesses following long periods of temporary closures in 2020 due to the impact of COVID.
Between 1 January and 31 December 2021, 47 closure orders, 2 improvement orders and 10 prohibition orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE), veterinary inspectors in the local authorities and officers of the FSAI on food businesses throughout the country
The FSAI also reported that two closure orders and three prohibition orders were served on food businesses during the month of December.
One closure order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
- Express Fish and Chips, 39 Abbey Road, Kill of the Grange, Monkstown, Co. Dublin.
One closure order was served under the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020 on:
- DFC Take Away, 82b Dorset Street Lower, Dublin 1
One prohibition order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
- Ballinwillin House (small meat manufacturing Plant, Mitchelstown, Cork
Two prohibition orders were served under the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020 on:
- Pinoy Sari, Sari Store Limited, 25/26 Mary Street Little, Dublin 7
- Healing with Hemp, T/A Kama Hemp, Burdautien, Clones, Monaghan