The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has convicted and fined an abattoir owned by Barry McConnon of Corcreaghy, Carrickmacross, Co Louth, to the sum of €2,500.

The prosecution relates to “animal sheds occupied by Barry McConnon” according to the FSAI.

It was one of a number of food premises to come under scrutiny by the watchdog.

The FSAI also issued a closure order to JLM Foods and JLM butchers in Main Street, Tyrrellspass, Co Westmeath, and WW Poultry in Orion Business Centre, Dublin 15.

Consumers have a right to safe food

In the case of WW Poultry, all meat, including poultry and beef stored in the freezer unit located on the premises, were withdrawn.

Another abattoir based in Limerick, Bailey Foods, was also issued with a prohibition order, with all minced meat and burgers that were packed on a certain date withdrawn.

In total, some 42 enforcement orders were issued.

"All food businesses must recognise that they are legally bound to ensure that the food they produce is safe to eat. Consumers have a right to safe food. Food businesses must comply with food law and all breaches of food safety legislation will be dealt with to the full extent of the law,” Dr Pamela Byrne, chief executive of the FSAI, said.

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