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Food Safety Authority Welcomes 21% Reduction in Enforcement Orders in 2014

Published on Jan 8 2015 12:32 PM in Fresh Produce

Food Safety Authority Welcomes 21% Reduction in Enforcement Orders in 2014

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) is today re-emphasising the legal onus that a food company is legally responsible to ensure that all food served to customers is safe to eat. It stated that 113 Enforcement orders were issued during 2014 for companies that breached food safety standards.

The good news is there is a 21% in orders reduction compared to 2013, which had 144 reported incidents. Despite the reduction, the FSAI notes that 2014 still had the second highest numbers of orders issued and that enforcement officers will not hold back in taking action if required. Throughout 2015, 16 Prohibition Orders, 96 Closure Orders, and one Improvement Order were issued throughout the country. In December alone, four Closure Orders and two Prohibition orders were issued for breaches in the FSAI Act 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations 2010.

Professor Alan Reilly, Chief Executive of FSAI said: “There can be no room for complacency when it comes to food safety […] We continue to encounter cases where consumers’ health is jeopardised through a lack of compliance. This is unacceptable and will be met with the full rigors of the law”.

© 2014 - Checkout Magazine by Robert Moloney.

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