A bar in Galway city centre was among the premises served with closure orders for breaches of food safety legislation last month, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland announced this week.
In its monthly report on food safety orders the FSAI named Fahy’s Bar, Bohermore, among the premises which HSE environmental health officers ordered to close under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs ) Regulations, 2010.
The bar was one of 11 premises closed temporarily by a closure order.
Prof Alan Reilly, chief executive of the FSAI, expressed his disappointment at the continued high number of closure orders needing to be served on food businesses in Ireland.
“We continue to find unacceptable levels of non-compliance with food safety legislation,” he said. “Time and time again, we encounter cases of food business operators who are potentially putting their customers’ health at risk by not complying with their legal obligations for food safety and hygiene. 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 and hygiene standards to ensure the food they are producing is safe to consume.”
Prof Reilly said it is imperative that food businesses 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. Any food business operator is unsure of what is required by law can contact the FSAI advice line on 1890 336677 or visit its website or Facebook page.
Details of food businesses served with enforcement orders are published on the FSAI’s website at www.fsai.ie Closure orders and improvement orders will remain listed on the website for a period of three months from the date of when a premises is adjudged to have corrected its food safety issue, with prohibition orders being listed for a period of one month.