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Conditions in the food premises of Cork Food deemed a « serious risk to public health »

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said today that four closure orders and one ban order were submitted to food companies during the month of September due to violations of food safety legislation.

One was introduced at David Kra (Production Unit) (Retailer), Unit 25, Midleton Enterprise Park, Dwyers Road, Midleton, Cork under the FSAI Act, 1998.

It was noted in the inspector’s report that « there were no adequate pest control measures » and « large cobwebs [were] It hangs all over the unit. »

The inspector said the building structure was very poor, and he confirmed that there was no hot water in the unit, and while there were three sinks, « there is only one sink with cold running water. »

According to the report, « totally insufficient preparation surfaces were provided ».

The inspector said that the unit’s conditions « lead to serious risks of contamination of foodstuffs and thus constitute a serious and direct threat to public health. »

The lockdown order was imposed on September 17 and, according to the FSAI website, has yet to be lifted.

In other cases where closing orders have been submitted to businesses nationwide, some reasons have included; The presence of flies was observed throughout the building; the presence of rat excrement in a room used to store burger buns; accumulation of food residues and grease; poor level of personal hygiene by the food processor; raw foods stored on top of cooked foods in the refrigerator; foods stored at unsafe temperatures; No evidence of regular hand washing; There are no pest control systems; Food preparation surfaces are completely insufficient; There are no facilities for disinfecting crockery or utensils; The food was wrapped in the freezer with a dead bug on its cover; The food was prepared and served in an area where wood was chopped with an axe; A food worker had no training in food hygiene matters; Failed to provide tracking documentation.

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Commenting on this, Dr Pamela Byrne, CEO of the FSAI, said all food companies must take their legal responsibility seriously to ensure that consumers’ health is protected by complying with food law.

“It is a constant source of disappointment that every month food inspectors find serious non-compliances in food companies that could put consumers’ health at risk. Companies fail to comply with standards for food safety, hygiene and proper food storage and handling to protect consumers’ health.

“Food companies also need to ensure that their premises have the correct food safety management procedures in place to ensure pest control and best hygiene practices at all times.

“Also, it is the responsibility of all business owners to ensure that their food business is registered and operating in line with legal requirements under the Food Act. Failure to do so will not be tolerated.

“This was evident in September when a lawsuit was filed over an unregistered food company involved in transporting beef. This followed an investigation by the FSAI jointly with veterinary inspectors from Offaly County Council, South Dublin County Council, Meath County Council and Longford County Council. Dr. Byrne added.