Several food businesses were issued with enforcement orders. \ Philip Doyle
Sheahan Butchers of Church Street in Caherciveen, Co Kerry has been issued with a prohibition order by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).
In a letter addressed to Mr Mike Sheahan at Church Street, Caherciveen, Co Kerry the FSAI outlined issues they had uncovered on the butcher’s premises.
Congealed stale particles of meat
The letter stated: “The walls and doors throughout the premises were stained with mildew and dirt.
"The floor in the cold room was stained with blood spillages and the shelving in the cold
room was also stained.
“The internal column of the mincer had congealed stale particles of meat on it and a layer
of congealed dirt was evident on the switch.”
The letter also outlined that hygiene had been an issue throughout the inspection, with a substandard freezer system, leading to a potential risk of the growth of pathogenic bacteria.
The FSAI issued a total of eight enforcement orders on food businesses in October, including on prohibition order, one prosecution and six closure orders.
The FSAI highlighted a particular problem with cockroach infestations. They stated that there were, “live cockroaches crawling on walls in the main dining area; live cockroaches behind the bin in a wash-up area and under a free standing drinks fridge.”
The businesses issued with closure orders included:
Diner Thai & Chinese Take-away, 1 Ongar Square, Dublin 15.
Mi Thai (restaurant), 87b Manor Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7.
Regent Inn (restaurant/café), Unit 3, Haymarket, Drogheda, Co Louth.
Speedo Pizza Kebab (takeaway), 41 Lord Edward Street, Limerick.
Phoenix House (takeaway), Unit 6, Riversdale, Rathcormac, Co Cork.
Mike Sheahan Butchers, Church Street, Caherciveen,Co Kerry.
This week, Agri Aware launched its new 'Many Hats, One CAP' TV and cinema advert.
Produced by Traction Marketing, the advert is part of a wider campaign which aims to promote and showcase how the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) affects everyday life in Ireland, whether that is subsidies paid to a farmer directly or the countless indirect knock-ons that keep rural Ireland alive.
The launch took place at Movies Dundrum, Dublin, on Thursday evening, where both the full and short versions of the advert where premiered for the first time on screen.
The ad itself follows a day in the life of a number of characters who make up the rural landscape in Ireland.
From clips of rural entrepreneur and chef Edward Hayden cooking up a storm in his Graiguenamanagh cookery school, to farmer Kevin Moran up before dawn in Galway to milk his dairy herd, it gives viewers a glimpse into the role the agri-food industry plays.
Agriculture is a huge economic multiplier, which keeps rural Ireland alive
At the premiere, there was a panel of guest speakers which included Agri Aware chair Alan Jagoe and three of the stars in the ad; Hayden, Moran and Teagasc researcher Dr Dayle Johnston.
Hosted by Marty Morrissey, the panel reiterated the point that agriculture is a huge economic multiplier, which keeps rural Ireland alive, and the CAP is central to that.
Alan Jagoe spoke of the huge work, time and spend going behind the campaign.
“It costs money to put it out there, but consumers and society need to know where their money is going and who they are supporting.
"There needs to be an understanding and respect for the production costs and efforts that go into food production,” he stressed.
2016 FBD young farmer of the year Kevin Moran made the point that CAP itself “is not just one thing – a subsidy for a farmer - it is much more than that; it’s an investment in food security, an investment in rural economies and this investment is invaluable to rural Ireland”.
'Many Hats, One CAP' is a 12-month public information campaign that will go live across TV, radio, cinema, social media and print over the coming weeks.