Two Fingal food businesses fall foul of food safety checks

by Sylvia Pownall

Two food businesses in Fingal were ordered to partially or fully close after being found in breach of food safety legislation in May.

A Food Closure Order was served on the Garda Recreation Club at Westmanstown Sports Centre in Dublin 15 after rodent droppings were found.

All areas related to food and drink in the restaurant were closed on May 16 under the Food Safety Authority of Ireland Act 1998, and were reopened the following day.

A food hygiene inspection report found that rodent droppings were present “through the premises”.

This included kitchen, bar and carvery areas.

“Adequate procedures are not in place to control pests,” the report states.

A Closure Order was served under the EC (Official Control of Footstuffs) Regulations 2010 on the Orient sushi restaurant at Unit 1, Castlemill Shopping Centre, Balbriggan.

It was ordered to cease all aspects of activity relating to the production, sale and distribution of foods using raw fish and/or acidified rice including sushi, nigiri, maki and sashimi.

The restaurant was closed after an inspection dated May 31 found that “both chefs informed this department that they had received no food hygiene training”.

The inspection also stated: “The chef could not tell this department how long raw fish for sushi had been in the freezer. This is important for killing pathogens in raw fish.”

FSAI chief executive Dr Pamela Byrne said poor standards and lack of staff training was posing a serious risk to consumers’ health.

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