The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) served seven Closure Orders on businesses in July for breaches in food safety legislation. The closures included Dublin’s The Swiss Cottage Kitchen, Sur La Mer in Wexford and Monsoon Valley in Donegal. These were served under the FSAI Act, 1998.
A further four Closure Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010. Heaven’s Cakes – a food stall trading at the English Market in Cork – and Dublin’s Ruposhi Indian Restaurant were among those served. Two Dundalk based restaurants – the Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant and The Coachman's Tearooms – also received Closure Orders.
In addition, the Health Service Executive carried out successful prosecutions on three takeaways: Wexford’s Omniplex Cinema, Indian Taste in Dublin and Limerick’s The House Pizza.
Prof. Alan Reilly, Chief Executive, FSAI, stated that the legal onus is on businesses to ensure that the food they sell is safe to eat. “We’re urging food businesses to make sure that they have a food safety management system in place and that it is consulted on a regular basis and updated, where necessary, to ensure non-compliance issues and breaches of food safety legislation do not occur.”