Eight food businesses were issued with enforcement orders by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland last month.
The monthly review was released by the FSAI on Friday evening.
The eight businesses are dotted around the country.
- Red Chilli (Take Away), Main Street, Maynooth, Kildare
- Apache Pizza & Curry House, Unit 2 Johnstown Road, Enfield, Meath
- Mr. Kebab, Greenfields Firies, Kerry
- Bite Time, Main Street, Lixnaw, Kerry
- Mapas Tapas, Newry Street, Market Square, Carlingford, Louth
- Bombay Bistro, 55 Main Street, Upper Rush, County Dublin
- The Friendly Meat Shop, Oldtown Road, Letterkenny, Donegal
- Miss Fit Enterprises Limited, Unit 14, Block P Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole, County Dublin
When you take a closer look at some of the reasons for the enforcement orders, it’s horrific.
Apologies in advance if you’re eating your dinner while reading this.
Some of these businesses were shut for:
- Mildew in the microwave
- Mouse droppings on the floor
- Dead flies in light covers
- Gone off cheese being stored at 19 degrees.
Commenting, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI emphasised the risk that unhygienic practices within food businesses pose to consumer health.
“The Enforcement Orders served in February were primarily due to premises presenting with poor hygienic conditions throughout and without any evidence of cleaning taking place.
“It is not acceptable that consumers’ or indeed food workers’ health is compromised by inadequate food safety practices in any food business.
“The legal responsibility for producing safe food lies firmly with food businesses.”
“What we are seeing is an obvious lack of training of staff.
“This ultimately leads to poor hygiene practices, creating favourable conditions for pests and insects and potentially putting consumers’ health at risk.
“Food businesses run the risk of making their customers sick and ruining their reputation by neglecting basic food safety and hygiene standards.”
“Each individual food business must take responsibility and commit to ensuring high food safety standards and compliance with the law.
“The FSAI is here to help food businesses operators if they are unsure what is legally required. Help is available via the FSAI advice line [email protected] or our website www.fsai.ie,” Dr Byrne concluded.