A closure order has been served by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) to a butcher operating illegally in Co Wicklow.
An outbuilding in Greystones occupied by Christian Krummel to butcher wild game was ordered to close under the FSAI Act 1998.
The FSAI said the food business was unregistered and was operating with no food safety management system or associated records available for inspection.
Wild game meat was processed from carcases that had not undergone post-mortem inspection, meaning that the meat used was not demonstrably fit for human consumption.
There was also inadequate procedures in place to control pests as evidenced by the presence of mouse droppings.
FSAI chief executive Dr Pamela Byrne said: “The operation of any illegal food business will not be tolerated and the full power of the law will be brought to bear to stop these food businesses from putting consumers’ health at serious risk.”
Byrne asked anyone in doubt about the legitimacy of a food business to contact the FSAI via its online complaint form www.fsai.ie/makeitbetter.