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HSE Serve Closure Order On Tipperary Food Business.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that one of three ‘Closure Orders’ nationally was served on a food business in Co. Tipperary during the month of June last. Same was served following breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020.

The Tipperary ‘Closure Order’ were issued by an environmental health officer employed in the Health Service Executive (HSE).

The food business in question referred to Saffron Indian Cuisine, with an address at Wesley Square, Main Street, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

The Enforcement Report filed on June 10th 2021, stated:
Large amount of fresh rodent / rat droppings found in electrical room in the downstairs of the food business.

Food items and packaging stored on corridor outside electrical room. Outcome, closure order FSAI 1998.

Remedial action:
(1) Pest control company to be called and all areas of the premises pest proofed, disinfected, baited and thoroughly cleaned.
(2) All food items, stored in downstairs corridor, to be moved up to kitchen area.

Commenting, Dr. Pamela Byrne, (Chief Executive, FSAI), stated that all three ‘Closure Orders’ served last June highlight the importance of all food businesses operating to the highest standards of food safety as the country continues to face the public health pandemic.

To date, in the first six months of 2021, there have been 17 closure orders and 4 prohibition orders issued nationally here in the Irish Republic.

A ‘Closure Order’ is issued if in the opinion of the authorised officer, there is or there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health at/or in the food premises. Closures Orders can refer to the immediate closure of all or part of the food premises, or all or some of its activities. The Orders may be lifted when the premises have improved to the satisfaction of the authorised officer. Failure to comply with an Improvement Order may also result in the issuing of a Closure Order.

Closure orders remain listed in the enforcement reports for a period of three months from the date the order was lifted.

A Prohibition Order is issued if the activities (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. The effect is to prohibit the sale of the product, either temporarily or permanently.

Prohibition orders remain listed in the enforcement reports for a period of one month from the date the order was lifted.

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