A Dundalk takeaway was served with a partial closure order by the HSE Environmental Health Services late last month, due to a “grave and immediate danger” to public health.
The New World takeaway in Muirhevnamor Park in Dundalk was issued with the order on Tuesday September 29, after a HSE inspection on the premises.
Only the food storage room, located in the rear yard of the takeaway was ordered to close – as opposed to the takeaway restaurant itself.
The inspector found the takeaway and it’s owner Song Ling Li were issued with the Closure Order under the Food Safety Authority of Ireland Act.
In their report, they found that there was a ‘grave and immediate danger…due to failure to comply with Regulation (EC) Nu 852/2004 on the Hygiene of Foodstuffs Annox T Chapter 18 (3).
There was evidence found of rodent activity in the food storage room in the rear yard, ‘posing risk of contamination to food’.
The inspector stated that rodents transmit pathogens through faces and urine and that ‘may lead to a serious risk to public health.