Food safety chiefs shut down 10 businesses last month over public health fears.
Another two food businesses were prosecuted over safety concerns, according to the latest report from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).
Professor Alan Reilly, chief executive of the FSAI, said he was disappointed that the number of enforcement orders during February was significantly higher than the same month last year.
"It is up to each individual food business to review their food safety procedures and ensure consumer health and safety is at the top of their agenda," he said.
"Every enforcement order is one too many and each order lowers consumer confidence in not just the business involved, but the industry as a whole.
"Every business has a responsibility to have a food safety management plan in place to lessen any potential risks to their customers."
Among the firms closed under food safety laws were: Amerta Chinese Restaurant, 1 Clifton Avenue, Monkstown, Co. Dublin; German Cakes and Snacks restaurant, 15 Percival Street, Kanturk, Cork; Imperial Chinese Restaurant, 3-4 The Spa, Mallow, Cork; Asian European Foodstore, 39 Lavitt's Quay, Cork; and At the Office Catering, 3rd Floor PCRS, Exit 5, M50 North Road, Finglas, Dublin 11.
A further five businesses shut down under European food regulations were: Jimmy's Take Away, Market Square, Mountrath, Laois; McGovern's Victuallers, High Street, Drumshambo, Leitrim; a grocers carried out by Maria Lidia Silva da Cruz and Joao Antonio da Cruz, 10 The Steeples, Duleek, Meath; Boody's Chipper, Three Bullet Gate, New Ross, Wexford; and Gojinka (restaurant), Manor Mall Shopping Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin.
Prohibition orders were also served on Taste of the Sea fishmongers, 1 Merchants Square, The Market, Ennis, Clare and McGovern's Victuallers, High Street, Drumshambo, Leitrim, said the FSAI.
In addition, successful prosecutions were brought by the Health Service Executive and Monaghan County Council, respectively, on Dragon Inn take-away, 109 Newport Terrace, Barrack St, Waterford and Flynn's Irish Meats, John Matthews Enterprise Centre, Clones, Monaghan.