Mouse Droppings Found In Resta...


Mouse Droppings Found In Restaurant

Laura Donnelly
Laura Donnelly

12:49 8 Oct 2021

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The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has ordered a restaurant to close after mice faeces were found in a room used to store burger buns.

Four closure orders were served in September on businesses in Dublin, Cork, and Tipperary.

Other reasons for closure orders include flies found in the premises, a poor standard of personal hygiene by a food handler, a dead insect found on food in a freezer, and food being prepared in an area where timber was being chopped with an axe.


Here's the full list of the reasons for the Enforcement Orders in September: flies noted throughout the premises; mice faeces noted in a room used to store burger buns; build-up of food debris and grease; a poor standard of personal hygiene by a food handler; raw foods stored above cooked foods in a fridge; food stored at unsafe temperatures; no evidence of regular hand washing; no pest control systems in place; completely inadequate food preparation surfaces; no facilities for disinfecting of crockery or utensils; food was wrapped in a freezer with a dead insect on its wrapping; food was being prepared cooked and served in an area where timber was also being chopped with an axe; a food worker had not received any training in food hygiene matters; a failure to provide traceability documentation.

Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI, says all food businesses must take their legal responsibility seriously to ensure they protect the health of consumers by complying with food law: "It is a continuous disappointment that each month food inspectors find serious non-compliances in food businesses that can put consumers’ health at risk. Businesses failed to comply with food safety, hygiene and proper food storage and handling standards that are in place to protect consumers’ health. Food businesses also need to ensure that their premises have the right food safety management procedures in place to ensure pest control and best hygiene practice at all times. 

"Also, it is the responsibility of all food business owners to ensure that their food business is registered and operating in line with the legal requirements under food law. Failure to do so will not be tolerated. This was evident in September where a prosecution was taken in relation to an unregistered food business involved in the transportation of beef. It followed an investigation by the FSAI in conjunction with veterinary inspectors from Offaly County Council, South Dublin County Council, Meath County Council and Longford County Council."

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