The Chief Executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland has expressed his disappointment at the ongoing need to have to serve such a high number of Closure Orders on food businesses.

It comes after seven Closure Orders and one Prohibition Order were served on food businesses during the month of January for breaches of food safety legislation.

Professor Alan O'Reilly warned that the legal onus is on food businesses to act responsibly and to ensure that the food they serve and sell is safe for consumption.

The Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive.