May-Kearneys00002A PUBLIC house, which closed its doors for good in December, had been ordered to close its kitchen and restaurant by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in mid-December.

It has emerged that the food authority issued a closure order under the FSAI Act, 1998 on J&V Rahara Farm Meats Ltd trading as the pub May Kearney’s, on May 12.

The closure related only to the ground floor kitchen, food preparation, storage, cooking service and ancillary staff and wash up facilities, and the bar service areas were not included.

The public house on the Lifford Road in Ennis closed its doors for good in mid-December, having officially re-opened just days before.

During the month of December 2012, seven Closure Orders and one Prohibition Order were served on food businesses for breaches in food safety legislation pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.

The Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive.

In 2012 a total of 109 Enforcement Orders served for breaches in food safety legislation compared with 84 in 2011, an increase of 30 per cent – making last year the highest to date for the number of Enforcement Orders issued.

Between January 1 and December 31, 2012, enforcement officers served 91 Closure Orders, three Improvement Orders and 15 Prohibition Orders on food businesses throughout the country.

This compares with 66 Closure Orders, seven Improvement Orders and 11 Prohibition Orders issued in 2011.

The FSAI said it was unacceptable that some food businesses were continuing to breach food safety laws and warned all food businesses to place robust food safety management systems and hygiene practices top of their agenda or face the full rigours of the law.

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