31% Increase in 2013 Food Safety Enforcement Orders

143 Enforcement Orders were served for breaches in food safety legislation in 2013 compared with 109 in 2012, an increase of 31% according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, making last year the highest to date for the number of Enforcement Orders issued.

Between 1st January and 31st December 2013 enforcement officers served 119 Closure Orders, four Improvement Orders and 20 Prohibition Orders on food businesses throughout the country.  This compares with 91 Closure Orders, three Improvement Orders and 15 Prohibition Orders issued in 2012.??During the month of December 2013, 11 Closure Orders were served on food businesses for breaches in food safety legislation pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.  Ten of the Enforcement Orders were issued by Environmental Health Officers in the Health Service Executive and one by the local authority veterinary inspector in Monaghan County Council.

Two Closure Orders were served on the food store/preparation room at the rear of Conefrey’s Pub on Main Street, Edgeworthstown, Longofrd, out of a total of eight Closure Orders served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.

According to the FSAI there has been a 5% increase in the number of food businesses established over the last five years.

“Every Enforcement Order is one too many and it is extremely disappointing that, yet again, we have seen a significant year-on-year increase in the number of Enforcement Orders needing to be served, making the 2013 figures the highest number of enforcements to date,” commented FSAI Chief Executive Professor Alan Reilly.  ??Details of the food businesses served with these Enforcement Orders are published on the FSAI’s website. 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.

See Enforcement Order Reports on its website.

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