Mouse activity, inadequate cleaning, food preparation issues and improper hand-washing facilities were among the breaches of food safety legislation that led to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland serving enforcement orders on eight businesses last month.

The FSAI reported that six Closure Orders, one Prohibition Order and one Improvement Order were served on food businesses during February.

Four Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • The Carrickdale Hotel (Closed part: Bar area: Food area only), Carrickarnon, Dundalk, Louth
  • Apache Pizza (take away), 108 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
  • Great Wall Chinese Restaurant, 93 Great William O'Brien Street, Blackpool, Cork
  • Hennessy Garden Centre, (Closed part: Hennessy Garden Centre Café), Carlow Road, Gowran, Kilkenny

 Two Closure Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:

  • China Kitchen (restaurant/café), 14 Market Street, Clonmel, Tipperary
  • Flame Street Food (restaurant/café), 38 Washington Street, Cork

One Prohibition Order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Premises occupied  by Agnieszka Karpowicz (manufacturer), Unit 13, Kernanstown Industrial Estate, Hacketstown Road, Carlow

One Improvement Order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Trattoria Toscana (restaurant/café), Main Street, Donegal Town, Donegal 

FSAI Chief Executive Dr Pamela Byrne said that food businesses must prioritise food safety requirements to ensure the food they are serving is safe to eat. 

"Food businesses must recognise that the legal onus is on them to make sure that the food they sell or serve is safe to eat.

"Some of the recurring findings are filthy premises and premises that are not pest proofed.

"These are basic requirements and there are no excuses for bad practice. Maintaining a food business requires ongoing compliance with food safety and hygiene standards.

"Non-compliances are not tolerated and breaches of food safety legislation are dealt with to the full extent of food law. Food businesses should take full advantage of the information and support provided by the inspectorate and the FSAI."

Dr Byrne added: "If any food business owner is unsure of what is required of them by law, they can contact the FSAI advice line at info@fsai.ie or visit its website www.fsai.ie or facebook page."

Details of the food businesses served with Enforcement Orders are published on the FSAI's website.