Enforcement orders served on three businesses

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) reported that three Enforcement Orders were served on food businesses during the month of May for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998.

The Enforcement Orders were issued by officers of the FSAI following an investigation supported by the HSE Environmental Health Service and local authority veterinary inspectors.

One Closure Order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • JLM Foods and JLM Family Butchers (Small Meat Manufacturing Plant), Main Street Tyrrellspass, Westmeath

Two Prohibition Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • JLM Foods and JLM Family Butchers (Small Meat Manufacturing Plant), Main Street Tyrrellspass, Westmeath
  • Bruno Cesar Silva Gomes (Retailer), Bailis Manor, Navan, Co Meath

The Enforcement Orders were served in May when non-compliances with food law were detected including the operation of an unregistered/unapproved food business from a domestic dwelling; the transport and storage of unrefrigerated meat and meat preparations; inaccurate labelling on food products and; the lack of traceability. An establishment being used by one food business operator in Tyrrellspass was not registered or approved by a competent authority for the operations taking place, specifically relating to storage, processing and the national distribution of meat and other products. Products considered not to be fit for human consumption were being sold without valid shelf-lives, a lack of labelling, a lack of traceability and undeclared allergens, all of which pose a serious risk to consumer health. 

Commenting today, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI, outlined her concern that during the current public health pandemic, some illegal food business operators could be seeking to take advantage of consumers who are shopping locally and wishing to support food businesses in their own community. 

“The Prohibition Orders resulted in over 1,500kg of meat and meat products being seized and destroyed. No matter where, how or from whom consumers buy food, it must be safe to eat, produced in an approved or registered food establishment and comply with food law, so that public health is protected. The vast majority of food businesses not only abide by, but also invest in, ensuring that the food they produce and distribute complies with food safety legislation, to ensure the protection of consumer health. There is also specific legislation governing the declaration of food allergens which can pose a fatal risk to certain segments of our population. The Enforcement Orders in May were served for a blatant disregard for compliance with food legislation. We are calling on everyone to be vigilant about food being offered for sale and if they are unsure or suspect there is an unusual activity being demonstrated by a retailer, processor, distributor or from a domestic dwelling, that they can contact us via our online complaint form and we will investigate,” says Dr Byrne.

Details of the food businesses served with 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.

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