A well-known grocery store in Dublin was forced to close in March after cat litter was found in the kitchen, while another was forced to withdraw meat products for sale due to safety concerns, the Irish Food Safety Authority said.
Céile Homemade Catering, with an address at 4 Deerpark Drive, Kiltipper, Dublin 24, was closed by the FSAI on March 9th.
A total of three companies across Ireland had to close their doors. Lean & Green Meals in Navan and Bay View Take Away in Carrigart, Co. Donegal also delivered closure orders in March.
Health officials who examined Ceile were concerned about a number of things, including the presence of cat litter and ashtrays in food preparation areas.
A detailed report from the FSAI describes the problems, including:
- A poor standard of cleanliness in the area of food preparation.
- A tray of cat litter on the floor and an ashtray on the table in the food prep area.
- Food is stored in a refrigerator in the sanitary facility.
- Inadequate procedures to prevent pets from accessing food preparation area.
- No facilities or arrangements to monitor food temperatures.
- The food business operator is not registered or approved by a competent authority
- No HACCP-based food safety management procedures or related monitoring records available for inspection.
- Food that is offered for sale or for delivery without written information about allergens in the food.
- The food business operator did not have systems or procedures in place to identify the names and addresses of some of the food suppliers used.
A Closure Ordinance has been delivered in accordance with the European Union Ordinance (Official Controls Regarding Food Legislation) of 2020
Meanwhile, the Brazuca Market at 145 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, had to recall 14 pieces of red meat in vacuum-packed clear plastic packaging weighing approximately 1.5kg and keeping them in a refrigerator on the premises.
The reason given was that the food is not labeled with the “use by date” date of the best before date.
FSAI boss Dr. Pamela Byrne said it is vital that all food businesses in the country are properly registered prior to trading so that they can adhere to the necessary measures.
“It is totally unacceptable that some food companies choose to operate outside of the law and that they did not register their business before they started operating,” she said.
“All food business operators, large or small, whether they are from a commercial building, home, mobile unit, food truck and / or online, must be registered and operate in accordance with food safety and hygiene laws.
“It is the responsibility of the food business operator to ensure that the foods they manufacture and sell are safe to eat and that consumers are not misled.
“No matter where, how or from whom consumers buy food, it must be safe to eat, manufactured in an approved or registered food establishment and comply with food laws.”
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