Rodent infestation leads to closure order for Dublin food business

Inspectors found the Inchicore-based wholesaler displayed "inadequate procedures in pest control which resulted in evidence of rodents".

A Dublin wholesaler was among three food businesses that was made to close last month due to a rodent infestation, the Food Safety Authority revealed today - writes dublinlive.ie.

AD Cash and Carry, which is based in St James Industrial Park, Inchicore , was served with a closure order by the HSE for "inadequate procedures in pest control which resulted in evidence of rodents".

Environmental health officers from the HSE who visited the Dublin 8 premises said in their Food Hygiene Inspection Report, which led to the closure order: "A significant number of rodent droppings were found throughout the premises, on the ground floor and upper floor.

"Some droppings were found directly on food packaging and directly adjacent on pallets/shelving. Rodents found on inpection."

The FSAI reported that in all, three closure orders were served on food businesses during the month of November for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998.

Three closure orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

· AD Cash and Carry (Wholesaler/ Distributor), Unit 3/4, St. James Industrial Park, Kylemore Way, Inchicore, Dublin 8

· Canteen operated by Get Fresh (Vending) Ltd, T/A Get Fresh Catering (Closed Area: Dining area, front servery, rear wash up/dry goods store and rear food preparation room), Beaufort College, Trim Road, Navan, Co. Meath

· Iceland Stores Ireland Limited (retailer), Unit 1, Gorey Retail Park, Courtown Road, Gorey, Wexford

All three businesses have since had closure orders against them lifted.

Commenting on the enforcement orders served in November, FSAI chief Dr Pamela Byrne said food businesses must prioritise food safety – particularly in the lead up to Christmas.

She said: “The three Closure Orders in November cited inadequate procedures in pest control which resulted in evidence of rodents in all three premises.

"This is not acceptable in any food business at any time, as it poses a serious risk to public health. Food businesses need to ensure that their premises have the right food safety management procedures in place to ensure pest control at all times.

“Also, with the busy Christmas season well underway, food businesses must ensure that they can cope with the extra customer demand and must recognise the main food safety risk factors that can cause foodborne illness and are easily preventable.

"For example: poor hygiene in food premises; inadequate refrigeration; inadequate cooking or re-heating; cross-contamination from raw to cooked food; contaminated raw ingredients; inadequately trained or supervised staff.”

Details of the food businesses served with Enforcement Orders are published on the FSAI’s website at www.fsai.ie .

Closure Orders and Improvement Orders will remain listed on the website for a period of three months from the date of when a premises is adjudged to have corrected its food safety issue, with Prohibition Orders being listed for a period of one month.

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