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01 Jul 2022

Local business hit with Food Safety Authority order

Local business hit with Food Safety Authority order

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that thirteen Enforcement Orders were served on food businesses in September, one of which includes a business in Blackrock, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.
The Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE) and by veterinary officers in Louth County Council.
A Prohibition Order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on Arcross Foods (cold store), in Blackrock, county Louth.
Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI emphasised the serious nature of a food business being served an Enforcement Order.
“Enforcement Orders and most especially Closure Orders and Prohibition Orders are never served for minor food safety breaches. They are served on food businesses only when a serious risk to consumer health has been identified or where there are a number of ongoing breaches of food legislation and that largely tends to relate to a grave hygiene or operational issue.
"Food inspectors have a range of other powers available to them, apart from Enforcement Orders that they can use for more minor breaches that they identify in a food business. The full suite of powers afforded to food inspectors working on behalf of the FSAI are in place to fundamentally protect consumers and restrict a food business from supplying food where there could be a risk to the safety of that food.”
“There can be no excuse for putting consumers’ health at risk through negligent practices. Food businesses have a legal onus to make sure that the food they sell or serve is safe to eat,” concludes Dr Byrne. “Most food businesses follow high standards and are compliant with food safety legislation, unfortunately there are some who don’t. The food inspectorate works to identify those who are not complying and those found not to be complying with food law can expect that there will be repercussions.”

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