THE takeaway restaraunt OPTP Eatery in Knocklong, has been shut down by the Food Safety Authority for breaches of food safety legislation.
The Food Safety Authority today reported that seven Closure Orders and one Prohibition Order were served on food businesses during the month of March.
Some of the reasons for the Closure Orders include evidence of rats, no means to wash and disinfect cooking equipment, and no hot water for handwashing in a staff toilet.
“It is simply not good enough that there continues to be such grave and serious disregard of basic food safety procedures. The Enforcement Orders in March show that some businesses are failing to comply with safe food practices that are in place to protect consumers’ health.
In particular, several of the Closure Orders reference significant rodent infestations. This is not acceptable in any food business at any time, as it poses a serious risk to public health.
Food businesses need to ensure that they have a strong food safety culture, including correct food safety management procedures in place to ensure pest control and best hygiene practice at all times. Consumers have a right to safe food;” said Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, Food Safety Authority Ireland.