Cockroaches, rodents and lack of staff training amid safety concerns as eight food companies ordered the closure
Eight closure orders were sent to food companies in November.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) identified serious violations including an active cockroach infestation, evidence of rodent activity, poor storage of high-risk ingredients and a lack of adequate staff training in several establishments.
Four closure orders were served under the FSAI Act of 1998.
Chaska Restaurant – Custom House Square, IFSC, Dublin 1 – closed on November 17th. Violations were found in the restaurant, including a clogged “lazy drain” causing the staff toilet to “spill sewer onto the floor,” “No hand washing, food washing or equipment facilities available due to the clogged drain,” and food workers were found with “dirty clothes” and “dirty hands” while also having “dirty food handling equipment” believed that there was “a serious and imminent threat to public health.” The closure order was lifted on November 22nd.
Boba Bar – 139 Parnell Street, Dublin 1 – closed on November 9th. An “active cockroach infestation in all phases of the life cycle” was found in four cockroach trays under the tables for the preparation of meals and in refrigerators. “Live, moving cockroaches” and dead cockroaches were also seen on the floor under food prep tables and refrigerators. The report said that these conditions created a “serious risk of contamination of food with pathogenic bacteria” which would likely make the food “unfit for human consumption”. The closure order was lifted on November 23.
Greenville Deli – 312 Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6 – was closed for one day on November 4th. The report says that ready-to-eat sandwiches with “high-risk ingredients” were not refrigerated after preparation and not before or during distribution to customers. The FSAI also found that food was stored at “ambient temperatures”. The inspector said that “high risk ready-to-eat foods have not been stored in refrigerated temperatures for periods of time that are likely to pose a” health risk “and” food contamination “.
The storage room for food contact materials and equipment in the wok at the Noodle Bar – 48-40 Stephens Street Lower, Dublin 2 – received a closure order on November 3rd. “Rat activity” with evidence of feces was found in the storage room and the report said there was “a lack of routine cleaning of the storage room”. The closure order was lifted on November 17th.
In the meantime, four closure orders for violations of the EU Regulations 2020 have also been served.
The Navan Soup Kitchen – Brews Hill Navan, Meath – was closed on November 23 and repealed on December 1. The HSE inspector found that “on the day of the inspection there was no evidence that permanent procedures according to the principles of hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) were in place”, “inadequate arrangements for the storage and disposal of food waste” and ” At the time of the inspection, there were no “adequate pest control procedures” among other violations.
At Karma Restaurant – 10-12 Mill Street, Balbriggan, Dublin 1 – the preparation and sale of sushi and sashimi ceased for one day on November 17th. The report said there was “evidence of controls to control the risk involved”. with the storage, preparation and sale of sushi and sashimi ”. However, there was also “no evidence that the person preparing sushi and sashimi at the time of the inspection was adequately trained in the controls required to ensure food safety in the storage, preparation and sale of sushi and sashimi / was monitored / instructed “.
The kitchen at Mitchell’s Bar – Main Street, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim – was closed on November 11th. The report said the kitchen was closed for “ongoing and recurring non-compliance with the law.” The inspector noted that similar violations of the law had occurred on the premises “over time” and that “the food business operator had failed to confirm / update his information on the food business operator’s notification to the HSE as requested”.
All activities of the food company, its branches, shareholdings or other premises as well as the websites and social media sites for the purpose of placing food on the market, operated by Healing with Hemp, (trade name Kama Hemp), – Burdautien, Clones, Monaghan – were on 5 Ordered November 11th to end the closure and the closure remains in effect despite an appeal.
In November, the FSAI initiated two proceedings against the Arrabawn Co-Operative Society Limited, Kilconnell, Ballinasloe, Galway, and the former quality manager of the same company.
By 2021, the FSAI issued 45 closure orders, two improvement orders and eight prohibition orders nationwide by the end of November.
In her comment on the latest report, Dr. Pamela Byrne, Executive Director of the FSAI, expressed particular concern that several cases of staff were inadequately trained in food safety practices in this month’s enforcement orders, resulting in serious food law violations.
“Food companies need to ensure they have a strong food safety culture, including regular and ongoing training for both full and part-time employees. The culture of food safety anchors best practice standards as a top priority in a food company and is reflected in its daily work. Food safety is everyone’s responsibility in a food business, not just the business owner, ”she said.
“Managers and all employees are personally responsible for complying with food safety laws at all times and, in particular, ensuring that all information and records made available to inspectors are truthful and accurate. There can be no tolerance for negligent practices that endanger the health of consumers and the FSAI and food inspectors will exercise their full powers under food law if a food business is found to be in breach of the law, ”added she added.
Details of the food companies to which enforcement orders are issued are published on the FSAI website.