Closure Order Delivered to Wicklow Food Producer

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) issued a closure order at Ms Belton’s produce farm, Black Ditch, Brittas Bay for the month of April for non-compliance with food safety legislation.

It was found that the food business operator had not been registered or approved by a competent authority. In the absence of registration or approval, the competent authority has not had the opportunity to carry out official controls. Food has been placed on the market without the benefit of official controls to verify compliance with food legislation and protect consumers.

The food business operator also did not have food safety management procedures based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP). In the absence of adequate HACCP-based food safety management procedures, the food business operator is unable to demonstrate that the traded products have been produced, processed and stored safely and there is an increased risk that they sell unsafe food.

Ms Beltons Farm Produce also did not have effective traceability systems and procedures in place, so it could not be established whether the food was produced in accordance with applicable food law. They were also found to lack adequate and appropriate storage facilities and knowledge of food hygiene practices.

Dr. Pamela Byrne, Executive Director of FSAI, commented: “Food businesses must have the proper registration and/or approval before they start producing and marketing food. This requirement means that food businesses will be registered and/or approved with the appropriate inspection agency to ensure food safety and protect consumer health. Consumers have a right to safe food and food companies have a legal requirement to ensure that the food they process, serve or sell is safe to eat.”

Closure Orders and Improvement Orders will remain included in performance reports on the website for a period of three months from the date an establishment is determined to have corrected its food safety issue.

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