The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) recently reported that 2019 had the highest number of food business closures since 2013. 124 Enforcement Orders were served on various premises for breaching food safety legislation in 2019. This figure included 107 Closure Orders and 13 Prohibition Orders across the country. This number is up 13% on 2018 figures for the same period.
Examples of issues that led to the closures ranged from filthy conditions in kitchens and storerooms, to evidence of rodent infestations in many premises. Other non compliances included failure to maintain a food safety system and a lack of food safety knowledge among staff leading to risky practices. Closures of food businesses are not taken lightly by the Environmental Health Officers who enforce the food safety legislation, but they can be damaging to the reputation of the food businesses involved.
Your business could be one of the next to make the headlines. In order to protect your reputation, training and upskilling of staff are the most important investments you can make.