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Seventeen Enforcement Orders Served on Food Businesses in Ireland

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has reported that 16 Closure Orders and one Prohibition Order were served on food businesses during the month of July for breaches of food safety legislation.

The Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive.

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

  • Mad Cow Milkshakes, Burgers & Kebabs (take away), 1 Annamoe Road, Cabra, Dublin 7
  • Bay Fish and Chips (restaurant), Main Street, Liscannor, Clare
  • Molloys (public house), 59 Talbot Street, Dublin 1
  • Casa De Burritos (restaurant), Unit C, Woodquay, Ennis, Clare
  • Rockin Joe’s (restaurant), 115 O’Connell St, Limerick
  • The Ice Box – Balbriggan (off licence), Castlemill Shopping Centre, Hamlet Lane, Balbriggan, County Dublin
  • Spring Chinese Restaurant, 83 Main Street, Mallow, Cork
  • The Crescent View Restaurant, Crescent Quay, Wexford
  • CFM Catering Limited (food packers), Knockhouse, Gracedieu, Waterford

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

  • Tropicway Wholesale/Retail (grocery) (closed activity: decanting, blending & packaging of foodstuffs in the first floor room), 9-10 Academy Street, Navan, Meath (first of two Closure Orders served on Tropicway Wholesale/Retail in July) 
  • Tropicway Wholesale/Retail (grocery), 9-10 Academy Street, Navan, Meath (second of two Closure Orders served on Tropicway Wholesale/Retail in July)
  • Lisa’s Trattoria (restaurant), 81 Terenure Road North, Terenure, Dublin 6W
  • Castlemill Roma Take Away, Unit 7, Castlemill Shopping Centre, Hamlet Lane, Balbriggan, County Dublin
  • La Trattoria (restaurant), Stone Court, Roscommon Town, Roscommon
  • Blackwater Lodge Hotel (closed activity: all food preparation and service activities in and from the kitchen and ancillary areas), The Square, Blackwater, Enniscorthy, Wexford
  • Jojo’s Chinese Restaurant, 104 Parnell Street, Dublin 1

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

  • Gary Creaven Fish Sales (wholesaler), Menlo, Galway

Commenting on the high level of Enforcement Orders served in July, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI expressed her disappointment at the lack of vigilance by some owners in ensuring their food businesses are fit for purpose and fully compliant with food safety legislation.

“While the majority of food businesses are compliant with food safety legislation, unfortunately we continue to encounter cases where consumers’ health is put at risk through a failure to comply with food safety and hygiene requirements” she said.

“These breaches are completely avoidable when food businesses have proper food safety management systems in place.

“Food safety must be paramount.  This requires greater focus to safeguard against standards slipping and to ensure that food served is safe to eat.”

(Image via Food Safety Authority of Ireland)

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Shellfish warning issued for food businesses

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) together with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), has reminded food businesses to only purchase live bivalve molluscs, such as mussels, from suppliers that are approved by the SFPA to place live shellfish on the market for human consumption.

This advice follows the seizure by SFPA officers of five tonnes of mussels which had been harvested illegally in the East Ferry area of Cork Harbour.

This area is currently closed for the harvesting of mussels due to the presence of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning toxins, which can cause serious illness.

A member of the public observed a person sorting bags of mussels on the shore in the East Ferry area of Cork Harbour and contacted the SFPA.

From the quantities involved and their investigations, the Sea-Fisheries Protection Officers believed it was likely the mussels were intended for sale for human consumption in the Cork area and, as a result of the associated health concerns, they confiscated the shellfish.

Susan Steele, Chair of SFPA, said: “The Irish shellfish industry has world-class systems in place to ensure that consumers worldwide can enjoy Irish seafood safely. When individuals ignore these systems they threaten public health and undermine the excellent reputation that Irish seafood enjoys”.

Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI added: “These mussels would have posed a risk to human health if they had made it into the food chain”.

Any food business that may have concerns about their shellfish supplier or the traceability documentation provided by them, should contact the SFPA at 023 885 9300

(Lead image via Sea Fisheries Protection Authority)

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Nine enforcement orders served on Irish food business in June

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has reported that eight Closure Orders and one Prohibition Order were served on food businesses last month for breaches of food safety legislation.

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

  • Shanghai House, 13 Upper Cork Street, Mitchelstown, Cork
  • Mr Wong, 81 Main Street, Cavan

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

  • D Limit African & European Restaurant, 61A Ballybough Road, Dublin 3
  • Posh Nosh, 1 Millstream, Moorehall, Ardee, Louth (Two Closure Orders were served on Posh Nosh in June)
  • “Fish & Chips” catering trailer, Main Street, Roundfort, Hollymount, Mayo
  • Pearl River, 62 Phibsborough Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 7
  • Hotel Curracloe (activity closed: all food preparation and service activities in and from the kitchen and ancillary areas), Curracloe, Enniscorthy, Wexford

One Prohibition Order was served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:

  • Cumiskey’s, 463 Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7

During the month of June, a successful prosecution was carried out by the Health Service Executive against Bimdoc Cash and Carry, Business Centre, Jamestown Business Park, Jamestown Road, Finglas, Dublin 11.

The Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive.

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Eight Enforcement Orders served on food businesses in Ireland this August

Seven closure orders and one prohibition order were served on food businesses during August in Ireland, reports the FSAI.

Businesses were served orders for breaches of food safety legislation and were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive.

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

  • Akash Restaurant, 7 George’s Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

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

  • Juno’s Café Deli (restaurant), 26 Parkgate Street, Dublin 8
  • T.J. O’Toole (public house) (Closed activities: supply of food from the kitchen), Tourmakeady, Mayo
  • Tasty Bite (restaurant), 1A Main Street, Bantry, Cork
  • Abbey Tavern (public house), The Square, Tuam, Galway
  • Fuchsia House & Gables Bar (restaurant), Dundalk Road, Ardee, Louth
  • The Larches Bar (public house) (Closed activities: Preparing and serving foods), Finny, Claremorris, Mayo

One Prohibition Order was served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:

  • Supervalu (supermarket), College View, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 11.

“The legal onus is on food businesses to act responsibly and ensure that the food they serve and sell is safe to eat” said Prof. Alan Reilly, Chief Executive, FSAI.

“There is absolutely no excuse for putting consumers’ health at risk through negligent practices. We are urging businesses to take full advantage of the information and support provided by the inspectorate and the FSAI to ensure that they have the correct food safety management systems in place”.

(Image via Wikimedia Commons/Leslie Seaton)

Small Food Business start-up seminar taking place in Cork this October

If you’re the proud owner of a small food business or start-up, this free seminar in Cork might be worth heading along to.

Organised by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, the “Small Food Business Start-Up Seminar” will take place on October 9th at the Silver Springs Moran Hotel, Tivoli, Co. Cork.

This half day event ( 8:00am – 12.45pm), aims to be a one-stop shop for anyone who is thinking about starting a small food business and/or who has recently gone into business in the food sector.

Experts from the FSAI will outline: the various information resources available from the FSAI, your food safety training requirements, how to set up your food safety management system, labelling regulations and what you need to do in the case of a product recall.

A representative from the Environmental Health Service will detail how to register your food business and what to expect from an inspection and a new product development expert from Teagasc will outline what is involved in developing a new food product and a small food business owner will outline their recent experience in setting up a food business.

There will be a number of Q&A sessions throughout the morning if you want to put a question to the experts and they will be available after the event closes for further discussion.

To register click the link here.

(Image via Wikimedia Commons/Konferenzeindrücke)

Alert: Recall of Dunnes Stores “Easy Cook Rice” due to insect contamination

If you’ve purchased this product – be warned.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has reported that Dunnes Stores is recalling one batch of its “my family favourites” Easy Cook Rice 1kg (see below image), due to the presence of rice weevils in a limited number of packs.

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The company is advising that customers who have purchased the implicated rice to return the product to their local store.

Batch number: 14 122; best before: 02/05/2016

(Images via Food Safety Authority of Ireland)

Food Safety Authority of Ireland 2013 report published

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has published its annual report and accounts for 2013.

Last year was the 14th year of operations for the company and they remark that “2013 was probably the year when the FSAI firmly established itself on the global stage as one of the leading national agencies charged with protecting consumers’ health and consumers’ interests”.

“Its role to protect the consumer, regulate the food industry, enforce food safety standards and to use the best scientific advice to underpin risk management decisions has never been as important”.

You can see the FSAI full report on their website here, where it outlines the year’s activities.

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Breakfast Bites – Learn how to make nutrition and health claims on food products

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s series of talks for businesses – Breakfast Bites is back for another round.

Taking place this October 2nd at 8.20am in the Food Safety Authority of Ireland HQ at Abbey Court, Lower Abbey Street in Dublin, the informal breakfast meeting will focus in on making nutrition and health claims on foods.

Dr. Mary Flynn of the FSAI will outline what you need to know to make nutrition and health claims on your food products.

She will explain where to find lists of approved claims, how to figure out if your product can make claims, and what way claims should be worded on pack.

There will be an opportunity to ask Mary questions at the end of her presentation.

For a further look on what’s on the agenda and to register for the event, click through to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland here.

Mars Chocolate Drinks removes certain products due elevated levels of Bacillus species

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has announced that Mars Chocolate Drinks will be recalling certain milk drinks products manufactured by Milchwerke Mittelelbe GmbH.

The batches are being recalled due to the elevated presence of a bacterium known as Bacillus in some of the products – which can cause food poisoning.

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The list includes the following:

Sports-cap bottles:

Mars Refuel Milk (350, 376 ml);
Starburst Strawberry Drink (350 ml);
Bounty Drink (350ml);
Snickers Shake (350, 376 ml);
Skittles Wildberry Drink(376 ml);
Galaxy Smooth Milk (350, 376 ml);
Milky Way Milk (350 ml);
Mars Caramel Milk (350ml);
Skittles Fruits Drink (350, 376ml);

750ml ‘fridge pack’ bottles:
Mars Milk (750 ml);
Galaxy Smooth Milk (750ml) and
Skittles Fruits Drink (750 ml)

Bottles’ “best before” dates are between 19th December 2014 and 11th April 2015.

Consumers are advised not to drink the affected batches.

(Images via the Food Safety Authority of Ireland)

Dundalk, Bundoran, Dublin: Seven closure orders served on food businesses in July

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland this week announced that seven closure orders were issued on food businesses in Ireland during the month of July, for breaches against food safety legislation.

The orders were served by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive and included businesses in towns and cities like Cork, Dublin and Dundalk.

Three closure orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Sur La Mer (restaurant), Station Road, Rosslare Strand, Wexford
  • Monsoon Valley (restaurant), Unit 5, Building 2, Retail Park, Bundoran, Donegal
  • The Swiss Cottage Kitchen (restaurant), 400 Swords Road, Santry, Dublin 9

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

  • Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant, 1st floor, 88 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Louth
  • Ruposhi Indian Restaurant, 1 Whitworth Road, Dublin 9
  • Heaven’s Cakes (food stall), Trading at the English Market, Grand Parade, Cork
  • The Coachmans Tearooms (restaurant), Dublin Road, Dromiskin, Dundalk, Louth

Three successful prosecutions were carried out by the Health Service Executive on:

  • Omniplex Cinema Wexford (take away), Strandfield, Drinagh, Wexford
  • Indian Taste (take away), 43 St Marys Terrace, Ballybough Road, Dublin 3
  • The House Pizza (take away), 1 Shelbourne Terrace, Thomondgate, Limerick

“Each Closure Order undermines consumer confidence in food safety which not only affects the food business involved, but the industry as a whole,” said Prof. Alan Reilly, Chief Executive, FSAI.

“While most food businesses are committed to high standards for the health of their customers, this is not always the case.  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”.

(Image via Wikimedia Commons/ Al Jazeera English)