Limerick restaurant one of nine ordered to close

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Rockin Joe's, O'Connell Street was ordered to close in July
A FAST food restaurant in Limerick city centre was one of nine premises ordered to close last month for breaching food safety legislation.

A FAST food restaurant in Limerick city centre was one of nine premises ordered to close last month for breaching food safety legislation.

According to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), a closure notice was served on Rockin Joe’s, O’Connell Street on July 21, last but before being lifted the following day.

The notice was issued by environmental health officers attached to the Health Service Executive, under the provisions of the FSAI Act 1998.

While the specific reasons for the order have not been disclosed, closure orders are served where it is deemed there is likely to be a “grave and immediate danger to public health” at, or in, the premises.

Commenting on the high level of Enforcement Orders served across the country in July, Dr Pamela Byrne, CEO of the FSAI, expressed her disappointment at the lack of vigilance by some owners in ensuring their food businesses are fit for purpose and fully compliant with food safety legislation.

“While the vast majority of food businesses are compliant with food safety legislation, unfortunately we continue to encounter cases where consumers’ health is put at risk through a failure to comply with food safety and hygiene requirements,” she said.

“These breaches are completely avoidable when food businesses have proper food safety management systems in place,” she added.