REVEALED: Limerick takeaway was ordered to close over lack of hot water and dirt

David Hurley


David Hurley


REVEALED: Limerick takeaway was ordered to close over lack of hot water and dirt

The Food Safety of Ireland says nine businesses were ordered to close last month

A TAKEAWAY in a Limerick village was ordered to close last month after health inspectors found there had been “no obvious cleaning” at the premises for some time, it has been revealed.

The Orient Express at Main Street, Bruree was one of nine food business across the country which were ordered to close during January.

The closure order, under the provisions of the FSAI ACt 1998, was served on the proprietor of the premises on January 15 following an inspection by an authorised officer with the HSE. It was lifted two days later.

Details relating to each of the closure orders were published by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland on Monday.

The order relating to Orient Express stated there had been “no obvious cleaning in recent times as evidenced by cobwebs dirt, debris, stained utensils, stained equipment, absence of clean cleaning equipment and a cleaning programme”.

The inspector also noted there was “an absence of hot water at wash sinks and wash hand basins in the food preparation area”.

Dr Pamela Byrne, chief executive, says the food businesses across the country need to prioritise hygiene.

“Consumer health in relation to food is our priority, and the FSAI, together with the inspectorate, strives to ensure that all food businesses abide by the legal requirements placed upon them. Non-compliances by food businesses are not tolerated and all breaches of food safety legislation are dealt with the full extent of the law,” she said.