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Food closures Ireland: Popular city deli gem shut over disgusting insect infestation

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Foul smells, a leaky drainage pipe, and “large fly infestation” were some of the reasons for three Dublin businesses including a deli and takeaway being shut over safety concerns last month.

The FSAI served closure orders on the following:

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  • Spar deli counter in Summerhill Parade (closure order served on July 7 and has not been lifted)
  • The King Pig Food Stall in Crumlin (order served on July 17 and lifted on July 22)
  • Eskimo Pizza and Lam’s in Deansgrange (order served on July 9 and lifted on July 14)

The closure orders were served under the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020.

Some of the reasons for the enforcement order on the Spar deli counter included discoloured, foul water leaking from pipework at the grease trap, “large fly infestation”, significant food waste build-up, lack of deep cleaning, trays of meat being stored at ambient temperatures for hours, and more.

The King Pig Food Stall in Crumlin was served a closure order after officers found a lack of temperature control for high risk cooked meats, no water supply at the wash basin, and lack of adequate training in food hygiene for food handlers.

Eskimo Pizza and Lam’s was slapped with an enforcement order due to the layout and design of the premises which didn’t allow for good food hygiene practices, lack of measures to rapidly cool down food, inadequate disinfection of equipment.

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Additionally an improvement order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on Rico’s on Richmond Street South.

Ten closure orders were served overall on food businesses across ireland in July.

Some of the reasons for the 11 enforcement orders served on businesses across the country in July include rodent droppings where food, food preparation equipment, and food packaging materials were stored, open bins filled with meat and surrounded by flies, food debris and grease on equipment and surfaces, aprons caked with blood and dirt, flies observed on sandwich preparation board, wet and dirty clothes strewn around a kitchen, internal fridges caked in food grime, no traceability information available to verify where food had originated, and inadequate pest control.

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Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSA said: “It is essential for food businesses to understand the importance of food safety and encourage good food safety practices among their staff, particularly through ongoing staff training. Enforcement Orders are served on food businesses only when a risk to consumer health has been identified or where there are a number of ongoing breaches of food legislation.

“Closure Orders are not served for minor breaches. It is clear that some food businesses are not complying with the law and are potentially putting their customers’ health at serious risk.”

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