Four Cork premises served with Closure Orders by food inspectors last month

Four Cork premises served with Closure Orders by food inspectors last month
Tony's Bistro on North Main Street said it is business as usual after they were issued with a Closure Notice for 24 hours. 

Cork restaurant Tony's Bistro was served with a 24-hour closure notice by HSE health inspectors last month for breaches of food safety legislation including a build-up of dirt and food residue on wall and floor surfaces.

It was amongst four premises in Cork that were served with closure notices last month.

The Paragon Bar in Skibereen, Sajna restaurant on Bishop Street in Cobh and Khan Spices on North Main Street were also issued with Closure Notices. 

The Closure Order was imposed on Tony's Bistro on North Main Street on November 28 and then lifted the following day after the issues were remedied.

The report from health inspectors stated: "There was an excessive build-up of dirt and food residue on wall and floor surfaces. This was particularly evident behind and beneath cooking equipment, beneath fridges, work benches and sinks. The ceiling of the main kitchen had a yellow colour due to the build up of grease."

"Grease was running down the walls behind the cooking equipment and had built up on the floor beneath. Cooking equipment had heavy deposits of grease.

They said that equipment in the restaurant also required maintenance and that all of the nine microwave ovens had heavy deposits of food residue.

"The layout of the premises is not suitable. In particular, a washing machine and dryer is located in a room where food is prepared and directly adjacent to an ice machine," the report also states.

John O'Connor of Tony's Bistro told The Echo that they remedied all the issues raised by inspectors in the report and said they were able to reopen the following day.

"Anything that was raised we have addressed and will continue to address," he said adding that they would be increasing the frequency of the deep cleans of the restaurant that is carried out regularly by specialist contract cleaning services.

The Sajna restaurant on Bishop Street in Cobh was served with a Closure Notice on November 19 which was lifted on November 23. A HSE inspector found a dead rodent and rodent droppings in the dry goods store.

The Paragon Bar in Skibbereen was issued with a Closure Order on November 12 which was lifted two days later.

Inspectors said the premises were not kept clean or in good repair. "There was no effective cleaning programme in place."

"1 yellow bucket was used for cleaning all areas of the premises including patrons toilets, kitchen and food storage areas," the report said.

Khan Spices on North Main Street was issued with a Closure Notice on November 14 which was lifted on November 20.

The report said there was inadequate shelving and space throughout the premises to accommodate the volume of stock. "As a result there was food on the floor in the shop and in the storeroom."

"The floor under the freezer on the shop floor was in a very dirty condition with a build-up of debris, dust and detritis," the report added.

The four Cork premises were amongst 21 nationwide served with Closure Orders last month along with two Prohibition Orders, which was a record for the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).

Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI condemned the record number of food businesses issued with Enforcement Orders in one month.

“November had the highest amount of Enforcement Orders in the one calendar month which the FSAI has seen since the legislation was introduced in 1998. 23 Enforcement Orders over a one-month period is totally unacceptable."

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