Food safety closures: Rat droppings found in famous Ice Cream shop

by Gazette Reporter

SIX of the seven businesses cited by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) for breaches in the month of July were in Dublin.

This included Teddy’s Ice Cream shop in Dun Laoghaire which was issued with a closure order after rodent droppings were found in its storage area.

FSAI inspectors felt there was a “grave and immediate danger” to the food at the ice cream parlour located on the harbour’s east pier.

Evidence of a rat gnawing on a chocolate bar stored in a west Dublin food premises was also cited as a reason for enforcing a closure order.

Part of AIM Cash and Carry in Clondalkin was closed on July 1 and re-opened on July 29 after an FSAI inspector found that efforts to control pests had not worked.

The inspector’s report said: “Photographic evidence shows an open chocolate bar under shelving in the rear store and rat droppings on the floor beside this partially eaten product.

“There was evidence of packaging having been gnawed by rats and poison bait trays having been disturbed.”

The deli and butcher counter and its preparation and store rooms at a Londis on Fassaugh Avenue in Cabra was closed on July 9 and re-opened four days later.

The report found: “There was raw meat cut and packaged in an area where ready-to-eat food is stored and handled. The raw meat is handled by food workers that also handle ready-to-eat food.

“The ground in the deli and the butcher area was filthy with black dirt embedded on the floor and tiles.”

At Teddy’s ice cream the inspector said: “Rodent droppings were noted in the storage area. Food packaging and foodstuffs were stored in the area leaving them exposed to contamination by rodents.

“The storage area was very poorly pest proofed with numerous holes, gaps and defects noted in the structure allowing potential access to rodents.”

At WW Poultry Limited in Northwest Business Park in Ballycoolin, a closure order was made on July 22 after “meat considered unfit for human consumption due to putrefaction” was found.

A prohibition order was also put in place for the premises with “all meats including poultry and beef stored in the freezer unit located at this premises” withdrawn.

A prohibition order was also placed on AD Cash and Carry, Kylemore Way, Inchicore.

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