Just two enforcement orders were served on food businesses in January, a drop when compared with previous months, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has said.
However despite this, the authority is warning businesses not to become complacent when it comes to food safety and hygiene.
In January, a closure order was issued to a take away restaurant in Tramore, Co Waterford, while an improvement order was issued to a pub in Clondalkin in Dublin.
A closure order is served where it is deemed that there is or is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health at or in the premises. An improvement order is issued when it is deemed that any activity relating to food or the condition of a premises is likely to pose a risk to health.
“Although it is encouraging to see a drop in the number of enforcement orders as compared with previous months, it is not a time to be complacent. Food safety and hygiene should be top of the list of resolutions for food businesses in 2008. I would urge food businesses to be vigilant when purchasing, producing, manufacturing, preparing, storing and selling food”, commented FSAI chief executive, Dr John O’Brien.
He pointed out that most enforcement orders served are due to the same, easily preventable faults – poor hygiene in the premises, inappropriate storage or inadequate refrigeration, inadequate cooking or reheating, cross contamination from raw to cooked foods, infected food handlers and inadequately trained or supervised staff.
“Consumers have to be confident that the food they are eating is prepared in a hygienic manner. Food safety legislation sets minimum standards which industry must comply with and those that are in breach will face the appropriate regulatory action”, Dr O’Brien added.
Details of the businesses served with enforcement orders are available on the FSAI’s website at…http://www.fsai.ie