A closure order was served on a Monksland food distribution business in November this year but was lifted after a week.
A report from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI ) revealed that a closure order was served on Mr Yu Hua Chen, proprietor of Heng Hui Foods in Monksland on November 13, but was lifted just over a week later on November 21.
The company is a wholesaler and retailer of Chinese and Asian food, and is located at Westpoint Business Park in Monksland.
Nationally, 10 closure orders and one prohibition order were served on food businesses during the month of November for breaches of food safety legislation. The orders were issued by HSE environmental health officers.
Commenting on these latest enforcement orders, chief executive of the FSAI, Professor Alan Reilly, said: “There can be no excuse for putting consumers’ health at risk through negligent practices. Consumers have to be confident that the food they are consuming is safe to eat. Food businesses need to be vigilant in relation to food safety at all times to ensure full compliance with food regulations, especially during the busy Christmas period when increased volumes of food are being supplied.”
The FSAI operates a ‘zero tolerance’ policy in relation to breaches of food safety legislation.
Professor Reilly urged food businesses to take full advantage of the information and support provided by the inspectorate and the FSAI to ensure that they have the correct food safety management systems in place.
If any food business owner is unsure of what is required of them by law, they can contact the FSAI advice line on 1890 336677 or visit its website or Facebook page.
Details of the businesses served with enforcement orders are published on the FSAI’s website at www.fsai.ie