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Businesses closed over food safety

Food safety chiefs shut down nine businesses last month over public health fears.

Another seven premises were hit with prohibition orders for breaches of food safety legislation in July.

Professor Alan Reilly, chief executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), warned that food businesses need to be vigilant in relation to food safety, ensure full compliance with food regulations and demand high standards from their suppliers.

"This is another high monthly total of enforcement orders, with seven prohibition orders served last month, which is a new and worrying record," he said. "These prohibition orders force food businesses to withdraw unsafe or illegal food from the market.

"We warn food businesses to ensure that the food they serve and sell is safe to eat, and obtained from reputable suppliers. It is vital that all batches of food are fully traceable and labelled correctly, and that food businesses know it has been produced and stored safely and hygienically."

Five restaurants, a take-away, a distributor and the food areas of a pub and hotel were closed for one or more days during the month until health and safety standards were met.

They were the Blueberry Restaurant, Moyvalley, Co Kildare; The Larder (restaurant), Parliament Street, Dublin 2; Red Parrot (pub), Lower Dorset Street, Dublin 1; and the New Millennium Chinese Restaurant, South King Street, Dublin 2.

A further five businesses shut down under European food regulations were: Creedon's Hotel (main kitchen and rear-yard store room) in Macroom, Cork; Kebab Bites (take-away), Redmond Square, Wexford; Sur La Mer (restaurant), Rosslare Strand, Wexford; Great Stuff Caterers (storage shed and garage of distributors / under appeal), Cork Road, Midleton, Cork; Pizza Palace (restaurant), Temple House, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Wexford.

The FSAI said closure orders are served where it is deemed that there is or there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health at or in the premises, or where an improvement order is not complied with.

Elsewhere the seven prohibition orders - issued if the handling, processing, disposal, manufacturing, storage, distribution or selling food involve or are likely to involve a serious risk to public health from a particular product, class, batch or item of food - were served by environmental health officers and sea-fisheries protection officers last month.

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