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Meat withdrawn in Gort shop over safety concerns

A number of food products were withdrawn from a Gort grocery shop and meat distributor last month because of food-safety violations.

Galway County Council issued a prohibition order, served on Real Brazil manager Sean Fahey at No 3 Sliabh Carran, Ennis Road, Gort on February 7, withdrawing all products held in a fridge and freezer at the back of the premises. This order was lifted on February 24.

On the same date, an order issued by the Health Service Executive under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs Regulations 2010)  was served on Anaelson B Dias at Real Brazil, Unit 6, The Grove, Crowe Street in the town. A specified consignment of meat products was withdrawn from the grocery shop. This issue was lifted on Monday, March 3.

The Food Safety Authority on Thursday announced that 14 enforcement orders were served on food businesses throughout the country during the month of February including the well-known Town Bar and Grill, on Dublin’s Kildare Street.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland revealed that 10 Closure Orders and four Prohibition Orders were served for breaches of food safety legislation. Thirteen of the Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive and one by local authority veterinary inspectors in Galway County Council.

Commenting on the continuingly high level of Closure Orders needing to be served on food businesses in Ireland, Professor Alan Reilly, Chief Executive, FSAI, stated that vigilance is always required in relation to food safety and that standards must not be permitted to slip to such levels that consumer health is put at risk.

“It is not acceptable for any food business to potentially put their customers’ health at risk.  Every food business should be striving for the high food safety and hygiene standards that the majority of food businesses are committed to achieving on a daily basis.  Each Closure Order undermines consumer confidence in food safety which not only affects the food business involved, but the industry as a whole.”

“We also encourage consumers to make a complaint to our Advice Line on 1890 336677 or info@fsai.ie, if they’re not happy with the standard of hygiene or food that they’ve bought in a food outlet. These complaints are followed up and investigated by environmental health officers throughout the country.”

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