TWO FOOD BUSINESSES received closure orders from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) last month.
The closure orders referred to issues including unsafe cooling of food, failure to register with a regulatory authority, and inadequate traceability systems.
The two closure orders were complied with under the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Law) Regulations, 2020 on:
- Mrs. Beltons Farm ProductsBlack Ditch, Brittas Bay, Wicklow
- chef’s counterMain Street, Portarlington, Laos
Mrs. Beltons Farm Products it was ordered to close because it had been “operating without registration or approval”.
The closure order said that “the food has been placed on the market without the benefit of official controls to verify compliance with food legislation and protect consumers.”
The report also said that the company did not have adequate traceability systems in place and therefore “it cannot be established whether the food has been produced in accordance with the applicable food legislation and there is an increased risk of unsafe food being traded.” . ”.
They also lacked adequate and appropriate storage facilities and knowledge of food hygiene practices.
chef’s counter was ordered to close after an inspection found that the storage of the ingredients was inappropriate, as it did not protect the products from “harmful deterioration” or contamination.
In addition, the business relied on a shelf in the kitchen to chill food, was deemed unsafe because “the compact nature of the kitchen” and the use of kitchen equipment meant that the ambient temperature “was not conducive to chilling food in a safe period of time. .
The company failed to establish critical control points for chilling food, according to the report. “Apart from the hot food counter, the rest of this food provided to customers is cooked and chilled. The lack of documentation regarding the cooling of a large volume of food in this business is not acceptable.”
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“Without proper control and monitoring of the cooling process, foods that are vulnerable to pathogen growth are at risk of contamination.”
FSAI Executive Director Dr. Pamela Byrne issued a reminder to businesses that ensuring correct and proper food safety practices are in place is crucial to protecting the health of consumers.
She said: “The Enforcement Orders in April show that some businesses have committed serious breaches of food safety procedures. Food businesses must be properly registered and/or approved before beginning to produce and market food. This requirement means that food businesses will be registered and/or approved with the appropriate inspection agency to ensure food safety and protect consumer health.
“Consumers have a right to safe food, and food companies have a legal requirement to ensure that the food they process, serve or sell is safe to eat.”