CLOSURE orders were served on two food businesses in Donegal last month according to the latest data from the Food Safety authority of Ireland (FSAI).
The Golden River Chinese Takeaway, Shore Road, Ramelton, was ordered to close as was the Country Meats butcher at Coneyburrow Road, Lifford.
A spokeseprson for the FSAI said the closure orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive for breaches of food safety legislation.
Prof. Alan Reilly, Chief Executive, FSAI warned that food businesses need to be vigilant in relation to food safety, ensure full compliance with food regulations and demand high standards from their suppliers.
He said: “Each Enforcement Order sends a clear message to food businesses that unsafe food safety practices or non-compliance with food legislation is not tolerated by the inspection officers. Again and again, we encounter cases involving improper storage of foodstuffs and poor cleaning and sanitising. These breaches are completely avoidable when food businesses have proper food safety management systems in place.”
“Food businesses must recognise that the legal onus is on them to make sure that the food they serve is safe to eat. This requires ongoing compliance with food safety practices and hygiene standards. There is absolutely no excuse for negligent practices.”