Three businesses were closed in May over food safety breaches including dead rodents in food preparation and kitchen areas.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said three closure orders were served on food businesses during the month of May for breaches of food safety legislation.

The closure orders were issued to Kens Oriental Restaurant, in Nenagh, Co Tipperary; KC Catering at ABP Food Group, Kilbrogan, Bandon, Co Cork and Your Stop NR Farranree (retailer), Farranree in Co Cork.

One of the closure orders was served under the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020 on Kens Oriental Restaurant on Pearse Street in Nenagh, Co Tipperary.

Two other premises - KC Catering at ABP Food Group, Kilbrogan, Bandon, Co Cork and Your Stop NR Farranree (retailer), Farranree in Co Cork – were issued closure orders by Health Service Executive environmental officers.

Among the reasons given for the orders were the discovery of dead rodents in a food preparation area, along with rodent damage to dry food packages.

Inspections also uncovered poor plumbing issues, poor hygiene and falsified food safety records.

FSAI Chief Executive Dr Pamela Byrne said all food businesses must take responsibility and commit to ensuring high food safety standards and compliance with food law.

"The food inspectors continue to find unacceptable levels of non-compliance with food safety legislation in some food businesses. It is a legal requirement for all food businesses to have their premises protected against pests and kept clean.

"However, time after time inspectors are finding regular incidents of rodent infestations and filthy premises highlighting a disregard for basic food safety management.

"Consumers have a right to safe food and we would urge anyone who is concerned or suspect there is unusual activity being demonstrated by a food business, that they can contact us via our online complaint form at https://www.fsai.ie/makeitbetter/ and we will investigate," said Dr Byrne.

Details of the food businesses served with enforcement orders are published on the FSAI's website.