Limerick store closed following discovery of rodent droppings and 'flying insects'

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Limerick store closed following discovery of rodent droppings and 'flying insects'

Echemas Trading Store, Upper Gerald Griffin Street was ordered to close on  September 19

A RETAIL premises in the city centre was ordered to close last month after HSE inspectors found rodent droppings and “lots of flying insects” during an inspection, it has been revealed.

The closure order, under the provisions of the FSAI Act 1998, was served on the proprietor of Echemas Trading Store at Upper Gerald Griffin Street on  September 19.

The order was formally lifted two days later.

Documents published by the Food Safety Authority this Monday, have revealed the premises was inspected after a complaint was received by the HSE.

“During the course of this visit, inspecting Environmental Health Officers found evidence (droppings) of rodents indicating recent rodent activity,” states the report.

The inspectors found the premises was “not pest proof” and concerns were also expressed in relation to “holes in the ceiling of the sanitary accommodation”.

The report states that hard to reach areas at the premises were “filthy with crumbs, dirt and droppings” allowing “good haborage” for rodents.

The EHOs also noted the presence of exposed foodstuffs as a “lot of flying insects” at the premises.

Echemas Trading Store was one of eight premises which were ordered to close across the country during September.