Cork business ordered to close for 'failure to ensure effective pest control' amongst other reasons

Cork business ordered to close for 'failure to ensure effective pest control' amongst other reasons

A Cork premises has been forced to close by the HSE, which found that the businesses had massive breaches in health and safety standards.

A Cork business was forced to close by the HSE for a number of days in August after it was found it had breaches in health and safety standards.

Khan Spices on North Main Street was issued with a food closure order last month on August 21 for sanitation standards which were below par.

The HSE report stated that there was a "failure to keep the food premises in a clean condition".

Dead insects, cobwebs and dust were found in the rear storage room of the premises and the shelving of the walk in cold room "had an accumulation of dirt and congealed blood," the report mentioned. 

There was also a failure to ensure safe food storage of foodstuffs.

Bags of meat were stored in plastic bags in freezers, "not labelled or date coded".

"There was a number of pre-packaged meats being sold in the display unit located at the front of premises that was being sold past its use by date," the HSE stated.

There was also a failure to ensure effective pest control was being achieved at Khan Spices.

"It was noted that there was a large number of flies within the premises which were landing on bins, meat products and worktop surfaces.

"There was only one electric fly killer (EFK) noted above the butcher countertop which was not working at the time of inspection," the HSE said. 

There was also a "failure to provide hot water supply to the wash hand basins and utensil wash up sinks".

Due to these and other reasons, it was deemed that there was or would likely be "a grave and immediate danger to public health" and the business was ordered to close. 

The order was lifted on August 25. 

There was one other enforcement order on a business in Ireland in August. 

Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive at the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) stressed that it is essential for adequate pest control systems and robust food hygiene practices to be put in place across all food businesses as they continue to reopen under current government guidance.

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