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Enforcement Order Served On Food Business Found Operating In Thurles

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) have recorded that nine Enforcement Orders in total were served on Food Businesses operating nationally during last month, (September 2018).

Eight Closure Orders and one Prohibition Order were served on food businesses for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010, during this period. The Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers from the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Some of the reasons for these Enforcement Orders included:- No allergen information available for customers; Dead and live crawling insects found on the premises; A live rat emerging from the drain when the tap at a kitchen sink was turned on; No wash hand basin in raw meat preparation area; Food being prepared in a storage shed; Dirt and black mould engrained on chopping boards and a food preparation block; No pest-proofing system in place; Foul odour emanating from the drain servicing an operating dishwasher; Rust, mould and dirt on an ice machine; Foods stored in dirty containers with accumulations of old former food debris and dirt; Food stored beyond their declared / stated use-by dates; A build-up of food debris under floor mats; Open bags of ready-to-eat salad being stored on the floor; Four flies observed in dough mixture; Numerous flies and crawling insects observed on surfaces of bakery equipment.

Amongst these closure orders served nationally was an order on a Bengal Indian Food-stall, latter found casually trading in the vicinity of Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. The reasons given for this closure was the absence of water for washing food; including food utensils and hands. Also observed were dirty chopping boards and no protective clothing being worn by staff. Inspectors also reported inadequate refrigerated storage for foodstuffs and provisions which were found being stored in an uncovered state on the ground.

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