Indian restaurant in Dublin city centre closed by Food Safety Authority over cockroach and rat infestation

A wholesaler on the southside was also closed after inspectors found dried blood on the walls.

An Indian restaurant was closed by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland last month after inspectors discovered evidence of a rat and cockroach infestation on the premises.

Dera Restaurant on 138 Parnell Street, Dublin 1 - also known as SM Cuisine Limited - was among three Dublin outlets closed under the FSAI Act or EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations in March.

According to the inspection report, inspectors found “widespread evidence of a cockroach and rat infestation” when they visited the premises on March 8.

They also noted “large numbers of dead cockroaches on the top of the cold room”, live cockroaches, and “fresh rat droppings found under oven in kitchen”.

he order was later lifted on March 12.

Oche Takeaway,Unit 5, Tallaght Retail Centre,High Street, Tallaght was closed on March 28 after inspectors found poor standards of basic hygiene and cleanliness.

The enforcement report found food and ingredients stored in dirty containers, while thick accumulations of grease were found on the wall and floor behind the cooking equipment.

The order against Oche Takeaway was later lifted on March 31.

And Paparazzi,35 Main St, Ongar,Dublin 15 was also closed by FSAI inspectors on March 14 after inspectors foundno hot water on the premises and no food safety management system in place.

No pest-monitoring system was in place, while poor food storage practices were also observed, with raw fish and chicken left uncovered and unlabelled in the restaurant's fridges.

The order against Paparazzi was later lifted two weeks later on March 29.

Meanwhile, a prohibition order was also issued last month against wholesaler Hab Foods Limited, Unit 20 Cherry Orchard Industrial Estate, Ballyfermot Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10.

FSAI inspectors closed the business after they found "large quantities of dried blood spatters" on a container unit beside the main building.

When inspectors visited on March 9, they found cardboard taped to the walls to absorb the blood, which was coated in dried blood, which had dripped the full length of the wall and become ingrained on the wall.

The order against Hab Foods has yet to be lifted.

Two other businesses outside the capital were also closed last month.

Panda House, 43 Barrack Street, Dundalk was closed on March 28 after evidence of rodents was found, although the order was later lifted on March 31.

And also in Louth, Aladdins Cave Montessori School and Crèche,Stoney Lane, Ardee was closed on March 6after evidence of rodents was found in a pre-school room, baby room and nappy changing area.

The order against the creche was later lifted on March 11.

Commenting on closures, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI said food business operators in Ireland need to understand their legal responsibility to ensure they are maintaining a high standard of food safety.

She said: "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.

"Food businesses must ensure that their premises are kept clean and that they are pest proofed and yet each month, inspectors are finding recurring incidents of filthy premises and rodent infestations.

"Enforcement Orders tarnish the food industry as a whole and can damage consumer confidence.

"The onus is on each individual food business to take responsibility and commit to ensuring high food safety standards and compliance with the law."

She added that non-compliance would not be tolerated by the FSAI, and that all breaches of food safety legislation will be dealt with to the full extent of the law.

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