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FSAI Serve Closure Order On Tipperary Chinese Restaurant

According to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, a Chinese Restaurant in Tipperary was one of eight Closure Orders served on food businesses during the month of July 2019. All orders were for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.

An inspector visiting Tang City, Kickham Street, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary was concerned by several practises within the outlet, including a chicken carcass, ribs and chicken balls, latter found in a thawing-out state in a walk-in freezer unit. The inspector stated in his report that “This unit was not operating correctly and not fit for purpose”.

Some of the reasons for the eight Enforcement Orders in July.

Temperature and cleaning records being filled out in advance with non-factual details; evidence of fly infestation in a kitchen; a lack of evidence of staff having being trained in food safety procedures; a bag of frozen breaded chicken was thawing at room temperature; evidence of a cockroach infestation; a bird observed flying out of a kitchen through the back door; no hot water in the wash hand basin in the food worker sanitary accommodation; cleaning throughout a butchery area on surfaces and equipment was poor.

Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI has criticised those businesses who are failing to keep accurate records, as well as failing to train staff adequately in food safety procedures.

Dr Byrne stated, “It is extremely disturbing that a food business would fill out their records in advance with completely non-factual information. This behaviour demonstrates a reckless attitude to food safety and a disregard for the health of their customers. During the month of July, food inspectors detected numerous serious breaches of food safety legislation. It is completely unacceptable that workers in some food businesses are unable to demonstrate adequate food hygiene knowledge and skills. Some food businesses are failing to provide high food safety standards in their premises and among their staff. These failures have the potential to cause a serious risk to consumer health, which has been identified in this month’s enforcements. Food businesses must act responsibly to prevent these serious breaches of food legislation.”

Details of the food businesses served with Enforcement Orders are published here on the FSAI’s website. Closure Orders and Improvement Orders will remain listed on the website for a period of three months from the date of when a premises is adjudged to have corrected its food safety issue, with Prohibition Orders being listed for a period of one month.

Others premises served with Closure Orders were in Dublin, Kilkenny, Limerick, Carlow and Kildare.

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