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31% Increase in Food Safety Enforcement Orders in 2013

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The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today 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 today 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.

During the month of December 2013, eleven Closure Orders were served on food businesses for breaches in food safety legislation pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.  Ten of the Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive and one by the local authority veterinary inspector in Monaghan County Council.

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, making the 2013 figures the highest number of enforcements to date.  Last year’s 31% increase is extremely disappointing and serves as an unfortunate reminder that some food businesses continue to put their customer’s health at risk by not complying with their legal obligations of food safety and hygiene.  There is absolutely no excuse for negligent food practices.”

“Over the last five years, there has been a 5% increase in the number of food businesses established and we offer a number of supports for food businesses on an ongoing basis.  If any food business owner is unsure of what is required of them by law, they can contact the FSAI advice line on 1890 336677 or visit its website www.fsai.ie or facebook page.  Also if anyone is thinking of setting up a new food business in 2014, we are hosting a free ‘Small Food Business Start-Up Seminar’ on 29th January and we would encourage people to register and attend”, added Prof. Reilly.

Details of the food businesses served with these Enforcement Orders are published on the FSAI’s website. Closure Orders and Improvement Orders will remain listed on the website for a period of three months from the date of when a premises is adjudged to have corrected its food safety issue, with Prohibition Orders being listed for a period of one month.

See Enforcement Order Reports on our website

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