The Regent Inn in Drogheda was issued with a closure order in October, after a damning inspection was undertake by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.
The chinese restaurant located on Dyer Street in the town was issued with the order under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010. It was one of seven closure orders issued across the county by the FSAI last month.
The order found staff were unable to demonstrate an effective method of cleaning and disinfecting food contact surfaces. The FSAI said this ‘may result in high levels of bacteria and risk of contamination of food prepared…which may pose an unacceptable risk to public health.’
The FSAI also found unacceptable cooling practices for food and plastic containers not redesigned for re-use – such as ice-cream containers – were being used for the storage of foodstuffs.
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According to the order, there was an insufficient supply of hot water available in the premises for cleaning, hand washing and washing of equipment.
The order report concluded, ‘staff were unable todemonstate evidence of a knowledge and understanding of food safety and hygiene matters’.
‘These activities by staff and management pose an unacceptable risk to consumer safety.
The complete lack of basic food safety and hygiene awareness by management and food handlers may lead to a serious risk of food being contaminated with pathogenic bacteria, likely to render the food unfit for human consumption, injurious to health or contaminated in such a way that would beunreasonable to expect it to be consumed in that state.’
The premises was ordered to remain closed until a contrary order is made by a court or they receive further written direction by the HSE.