Dublin faces unprecedented number of food closure orders amid health and safety concerns


2023: Unprecedented Number of Food Closure Orders Issued in Dublin, Concept art for illustrative purpose, tags: safety - Monok

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has mandated the closure of five establishments operating within the bustling Moore Street Mall, situated on the north side of Dublin’s inner city. Among these businesses are the well-known traditional Georgian eatery Georgian Delight, the Brazilian cuisine hotspot Sabor Nordestino, the popular Pakistani and Indian buffet joint Spicy Bite, and the Polish food emporium Smaczne Go! These closures stem from an ongoing cockroach infestation issue plaguing four of the establishments.

In addition, another Polish food outlet, Mroz, received a closure order due to concerning evidence of heavy rodent activity. The total number of closures enforced by the FSAI in April peaked at 21, marking the highest figure in over four years. Dublin bore the brunt with 14 closures, while the remaining locations affected included Cork, Limerick, Roscommon, Donegal, and Kerry.

The Enforcement Orders issued in April stemmed from a multitude of concerning issues observed within the affected premises. These included compelling evidence of rodent infestation, the widespread presence of rodent droppings across various areas, persistent cockroach infestations, the unsettling discovery of mouse droppings in several food zones, and alarming levels of both rodent and cockroach activity.

Furthermore, establishments were cited for deceptive practices, such as falsely labelling food items as ‘nut-free’ or ‘gluten-free’ despite containing tree nuts and peanuts. Additionally, structural deficiencies were identified, with walls exhibiting signs of poor maintenance, including extensive dampness, mould proliferation, and flaking.

Expressing concern over the surge in Closure Orders issued in April, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive of the FSAI, emphasized the alarming nature of the situation.

Dr Byrne remarked, “The issuance of twenty-one Closure Orders in a single month is particularly concerning, marking the highest tally since November 2019, when an equivalent number was recorded. A common theme among the reasons cited for these Closure Orders in April was the inadequate implementation of procedures to manage and control pests.”

“The pervasive presence of mice and cockroaches observed as a consequence of these circumstances poses a significant hazard, posing an imminent threat to public health due to the heightened risk of food contamination.

It is imperative that food establishments prioritize robust pest-proofing measures to safeguard against such risks. Moreover, prompt and effective action must be taken to address any instances of pest infestation to uphold the integrity of food safety standards.”

Restaurants with closure orders (FSAI Act, 1998)

1. Ginger Lillies Chinese Restaurant, 18 Mulgrave Street, Limerick. 2. Medina Kebab (Lets Eat) (Take away), 329 Blarney Street, Cork. 3. Georgian Delight (service sector), Kitchen 3, 58-66 Parnell Street, Moore Street Mall. 4. Sabor Nordestino (restaurant/café), 58-66 Parnell Street, Moore Street Mall.

5. Spicy Bite (restaurant/café), Unit 1, Moore Mall. 6. Mroz (retailer), Moore Street Mall. 7. Smaczne.Go! (restaurant/café), Moore Street Mall, 58/66 Parnell Street, North City, Dublin 1. 8. D Candy (retailer), Main Street, Roscommon. 9. Uptown Restaurant, Old Milk Market Lane, Killarney, Kerry

10. Payless Grocery & Meat, 46 Port Road, Letterkenny, Donegal. 11. Bites By Kwanghi (restaurant/café), Capital Dock, 83 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2. 12. Fresh (restaurant/café), Capital Dock, 4-5 Stephens Walk, Dublin 2. 13. Musashi Noodles and Sushi (restaurant/café), 15 Capel Street, Dublin 1. 14. All Bar Chicken (Closed area: the kitchen and storage areas) (restaurant/café), 47 Nassau Street, Dublin 2. 15. Fortune Terrace (restaurant/café), 46-49 O’Connell Street Upper, Dublin 1

Restaurants with closure orders (EU Regulations, 2020)

1. Chicking (restaurant/café), Unit 3, O’Boyce’s Corner, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. 2. Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel (Closed areas: the operations from Albert & Behan Kitchen, PJ’s Kitchen and Mapas Kitchen). 3. Café Brazil (retailer), 63 Thomas Street, Dublin 8.

4. The Ballsy Baker (Closed activity: preparation production and sale of food product with the claim ‘Nut Free’ and ‘Gluten Free’, and through its internet or social media platforms, it actively promotes and advertises the sale of food with these claims) (retailer), 10 Saint Mochtas Lawn, Clonsilla, Dublin 15. 5. Oriental Pantry (retailer), 22-23 Moore Street. 6. Pastel King (restaurant/café), 22-23 Moore Street.

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