The Carrickdale Hotel in Ravensdale
A closure order was served for part of the The Carrickdale Hotel bar area last month for breaches of food safety legislation, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) have revealed today.
Six closure orders were served countrywide last month and the Carrickarnon venue saw the food area of their bar area issued with a closure order under the FSAI Act 1998.
According to the closure order issued to The Carrickdale Hotel, 'Current mouse activity was observed in the bar area.'
'The conditions observed pose or are likely to pose a serious risk of contamination rendering the foodstuffs in this area unfit or injurious to health,' the order read.
The whole premises was not ordered to close, but the bar area was ordered to shut from February 21st until the order was lifted on February 24th.
"Food businesses must recognise that the legal onus is on them to make sure that the food they sell or serve is safe to eat," Dr Pamela Byrne, FSAI Chief Executive said.
"Some of the recurring findings are filthy premises and premises that are not pest-proofed. These are basic requirements and there are no excuses for bad practice.
"Maintaining a food business requires ongoing compliance with food safety and hygiene standards," she continued.
"Non-compliances are not tolerated and breaches of food safety legislation are dealt with to the full extent of food law. Food businesses should take full advantage of the information and support provided by the inspectorate and the FSAI.”
Under the FSAI Act, 1998, a Closure Order is served where it is deemed that there is or there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health at or in the premises; or where an Improvement Order is not complied with. Closure Orders can refer to the immediate closure of all or part of the food premises, or all or some of its activities.