Chips are down for Limerick take-away after inspection

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Alan Reilly, Food Safety Authority of Ireland chief executive, said there can be no excuse for putting consumers' health at risk
THE FOOD Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) served a partial closure order on Mr Kebab take-away on Kilfinane’s Main Street.

THE FOOD Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) served a partial closure order on Mr Kebab take-away on Kilfinane’s Main Street.

The order, served on November 13, only refers to the rear potato preparation area of the establishment. The order is still in place.

The Limerick Leader asked the FSAI what the problems were with the rear potato preparation area but a spokesperson said they were “precluded by law to disclose any additional information on the nature of the enforcement orders other than outlined in the press release”.

“A closure order is issued under the FSAI Act, 1998, if, in the opinion of the authorised officer, there is or there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health at/or in the food premises. No monetary penalty is involved when closure orders are served.

“In the case of Mr Kebab, the closure order was a partial order and only refers to the rear potato preparation area. It will only be lifted when the premises has improved to the satisfaction of the authorised officer,” said a spokesperson.

The FSAI reported 11 closure and one prohibition order were served on food businesses during November for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.

Mr Kebab was the only local one.

Commenting on the continuing high level of enforcement orders, Professor Alan Reilly, FSAI chief executive, warned that food businesses need to be vigilant in relation to food safety at all times, especially in the busy run up to Christmas, to ensure full compliance with food legislation.

“There can be no excuse for putting consumers’ health at risk through negligent practices or ignorance of the law. The legal onus is on all food businesses to ensure that the food they serve is safe to eat.

“It is particularly important in the lead up to the busy Christmas period that food businesses ensure they can cope safely with the increased volumes of food they may supply. “We are therefore urging 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,” said Prof Reilly. 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; visit www.fsai.ie or their Facebook page.