Sixty Nine Enforcement Orders served on food businesses in 2017

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) yesterday stated that 69 Enforcement Orders were served on food businesses by Environmental Health Officers (EHO’s) in 2017. This compares with 106 Enforcement Orders in the previous year.The FSAI outlined the importance of robust food safety management procedures based on the principles of HACCP. It also stressed that the responsibility lies with food businesses to ensure that the food they sell is compliant with food safety legislation and is safe to eat.

The types of issues that lead to Enforcement Orders are: evidence of rodent infestation and rodent droppings; failure to maintain temperatures of foodstuffs; filthy conditions; unsuitable food storage facilities and improper or lack of water facilities. Enforcement Orders include Closure Orders, Prohibition Orders and Improvement Orders. 

In late 2017, the FSAI began publishing the full details of the Enforcement Orders to increase transparency as a regulator and to raise standards in food businesses. These reports make for very interesting reading!

Enforcement Orders are served on food businesses only when a serious risk to consumer health has been established, or where there are a number of ongoing serious breaches of food legislation.

Some of the reasons for Enforcement Orders in December include a defective drainage system in a toilet located near a food preparation room; no running water; mouse droppings; food stored in dirty containers; filthy premises; and no food safety management system.

We work with food businesses to ensure the highest of standards are in place, ensuring compliance and protecting brands. We can be contacted by phone 01 2091904 or email ( should you have any concerns or need any advise regarding food safety or HACCP.

The list of Enforcement Orders can be viewed on the FSAI website though the following link