Offaly takeaway closed down after rodent droppings found in kitchen

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


Offaly takeaway closed down after rodent droppings found in kitchen

Offaly takeaway closed down after rodent droppings found in kitchen

A Chinese takeaway in Offaly was served with a closure order by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in January after a damning inspection report.

King's Chinese takeaway in Daingean was served with the closure order under the FSAI Act 1998 on January 16 after an inspector observed rat droppings in the kitchen, storage area and staff toilets.

In their report, the inspector said: "The conditions pose or are likely to pose a serious risk of contamination, rendering the foodstuffs in this area unfit of injurious to health."

Under the FSAI Act, 1998, a closure order is served where it is deemed that there is or there is likely to be "a grave and immediate danger to public health at or in the premises or where an improvement order is not complied with."

Closure orders can refer to the immediate closure of all or part of the food premises, or all or some of its activities. The Daingean premises was served with a full closure order until the contamination threat was addressed. The order was lifted on January 25. 

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has reported that nine closure orders and one prohibition order were served on food businesses during the month of January for breaches of 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 (HSE).

As well as King's in Daingean, the other businesses to be hit with closure orders under the FSAI Act, 1998 were:


·         Sabore Nordetino Dublin (Restaurant/Café), Moore Street Mall, 58 – 66 Parnell Street, Dublin 1

·         Indias Taste (Take Away), Bridgewater Hall, 17 – 19 Summerhill Parade, Dublin 1

·         Orient Express (Take Away), Main Street, Bruree, Limerick

·         The Quays Restaurant, 10 – 12 Temple Bar Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Four Closure Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:

 · Sushida (Take Away),(Closed activity: The storage, handling and preparation of sandwiches and sandwich fillings (including but not limited to preparing sandwiches, wraps, filled baguettes and other similar items and the slicing of cooked meats and cheeses), Unit 1, Malpas Court, 116 – 117 Clanbrassil Street Lower, Dublin 8

· Hokkaido (Restaurant/Café) (Closed activity: The preparation, storage and sale of sushi and associated products), 15 Main Street, Celbridge, Kildare

· Big Bite (Take Away), Main Street, Dunshaughlin, Meath

· Our Lady’s Hospital (Closed area: Kitchenette Medical Assessment Unit & Kitchenette Female Medical Ward), Athboy Road, Navan, Meath

One Prohibition Order was served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:

· Miss Fit Enterprises Limited, Unit 14, Block P Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole, County Dublin

During the month of January, two prosecutions were taken by the HSE in relation to:

·  Mr. Kebab (Restaurant/Café), Main Street, Ballybunion, Kerry

·  Ned Natterjacks (Restaurant/Café), West Main Street, Castlegregory, Kerry

Some of the reasons for the enforcement orders in January include rodent droppings found behind kitchen equipment; a small rodent found dead in the kitchen of a medical assessment unit; inadequate pest proofing of external drains of a medical assessment unit; an active cockroach infestation where live and dead cockroaches were noted; no cleaning schedule or disinfectant available at the time of inspection; raw chicken being stored in a bowl sitting directly on top of a saucepan filled with cooked rice and next to ready to eat salad items; food storage containers dirty with evidence of black mould; staff hygiene practices posing a risk to food safety; no obvious cleaning in recent times as evidenced by cobwebs, dirt, debris, stained utensils, stained equipment, absences of clean cleaning equipment and a cleaning programme; raw fish to be used in sushi products was stored next to raw chicken in the cold room; frozen fish defrosting at room temperature; evidence of rodent droppings in kitchen, storage area, and staff toilet; rubbish being stored in the kitchen, dining hall, dry goods store and staff toilet, thus causing a putrid odour in these areas.

Commenting today, Dr. Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI highlighted the need for food businesses to implement a rigorous pest control system.

“Pests and insects can pose a grave risk to human health. Our inspectors are finding recurring incidents of filthy premises and rodent infestations in food businesses. Implementing and maintaining a pest control system is a basic requirement, and is of the highest importance for food business operators. They have a duty of care to their customers to serve food that is safe to eat. There is no excuse for bad practice,” she said.

“Consumer health in relation to food is our priority, and the FSAI, together with the inspectorate, strives to ensure that all food businesses abide by the legal requirements placed upon them. Non-compliances by food businesses are not tolerated and all breaches of food safety legislation are dealt with the full extent of the law. If any food business owner is unsure of what is required of them by law, they can contact the FSAI advice line at or visit its website or facebook page,” Dr Byrne concluded.

Details of the food businesses served with enforcement orders are published on the FSAI’s website at  Closure Orders and Improvement Orders will remain listed on the website for a period of three months from the date of when a premises is adjudged to have corrected its food safety issue, with prohibition orders being listed for a period of one month.