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Rodent droppings found in Limerick food business

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A LIMERICK city take-away was one of four premises closed by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland as they posed a serious health risk to the public.

Hot Spot takeaway on 61 Parnell Street, Limerick was closed under the provisions of the FSAI (Food Safety Authority of Ireland) Act.

The FSAI said that there was a serious risks of contamination with pathogenic bacteria relating to the presence of a live rodent in an open section of a wall cavity.

In their report, FSAI inspectors said that “rodent droppings were present on the floor in the food production area of the premises. They were present on the floor at the rear of upright fridge on which TV screen is mounted and under deep fat fryers.

“Droppings were also present at the opening to a gap under the front counter and on the floor under the pizza oven at the rear of the premises.

“Several gaps are present in the building to allow for harbourage of rodents and there is an absence of a pest control treatment contract.” 

There were also a prosecution by the HSE in relation to Polski Sklep Miesny (grocery) in Smithstown, Shannon.

The premises was prosecuted under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations.

The prosecution was taken against two named individuals behind the now closed business and a fine of €500 was imposed.

FSAI chief executive Dr Pamela Byrne said: “It is not acceptable that consumers’ or food workers’ health is compromised by inadequate food safety practices in a food business.”

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