Irish food business slapped with closure order as health officers find rodent droppings on the floor
- 21:34, 13 Jul 2022
- Updated: 21:34, 13 Jul 2022
FIVE food businesses were slapped with temporary closure orders last month after breaches of safety guidelines.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland discovered rodent droppings and contamination in food preparation areas.
Inspectors found staff handling food were not clear about the use of protective clothing.
Workers also lacked understanding about how wearing jewellery could cause contamination.
Apache Pizza in Blackrock, Dublin, was closed due to rodent droppings in the storage area.
The FSAI also issued four closure orders in respect of other breaches at The Hudson Rooms at Liffey Valley, Dublin, and Roma Takeaway in Portarlington, Co Laois.
FSAI boss Dr Pamela Byrne said: “Food business owners have a duty to their customers, their staff and themselves to ensure food regulations are being followed on their premises.
“It is not acceptable firstly that staff are not wearing appropriate protective clothing and secondly that they are unaware of the risks of possible food contamination when they do not follow such food preparation guidance.
“Staff must be properly trained and/or supervised to ensure compliance with the legal requirements and attention must be paid to the basics of good handwashing, effective cleaning and proper storage of food.
“These legal requirements are in place to ensure that consumers’ health is not being put at risk. Enforcement Orders are not served for minor breaches and consumers have a right to safe food.”