Giovanni’s takeaway in Jenkinstown was served with a closure order by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland last month, for breaches of food safety legislation on their premises.
The takeaway restaurant was closed on June 11, after proprietor Bit Shala was served with the closure notice. The demand followed an initial Improvement Notice served under Section 52 of the Act the Health Service Executive in October last year. Mr Shala was then served with an Improvement Order from the District Court in March this year, following what the FSAI call ‘significant non-compliance.’
The closure order noted that food handlers had ‘not been trained, instructed and supervised commensurate with their work activities’ as well as citing that they were ‘unable to demonstrate adequate knowledge and comprehension of basic food hygiene principles.’
It also said that food handlers ‘did not ensure that all food was handled in such a manner so as to protect it from contamination. Handwashing procedures had not been put in place with handwashing not being carried out at frequent intervals and in particular, following tasks that may pose a risk of contamination.’
The FSAI closure order also stated that equipment and fittings had not been effectively cleaned or disinfected, that food handlers ‘did not maintain a high degree of personal cleanliness’ and that all parts of the premises ‘have not been fully pest proofed.’
The closure order was lifted a day after it was served – on Friday June 12.