Two Dublin restaurants received closure orders over rodent droppings

After HSE inspectors discovered rodent droppings at the venues, two Dublin restaurants were shut down.

The HSE issued Zing by Chaska with a closure order on July 20 in accordance with the FSAI Act 1998. Zing by Chaska is located at 90-91 Marlborough Street in Dublin 1.

The closure order was issued after rodent droppings were found behind the free-standing fridges where the food is prepared in the kitchen.

Additionally, the kitchen was found to be in “filthy” conditions, the report reads. The enforcement order was lifted on July 22.

A separate closure order was served on Doson on 10 Dorset Street Lower. The enforcement order was issued for a number of reasons, including the filthy state of the premises, the discovery of rat droppings in the poorly maintained food storage area, the improper storage of high-risk cooked meats at the proper temperature, and the lack of adequate training for food handlers.

The enforcement order under European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020 is yet to be lifted.

Dr. Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI said: “These Closure Orders demonstrate the importance of regular and consistent checks by businesses to ensure safe food practices are in place and adhered to in the interest of protecting consumer health. It is disappointing to see a number of these enforcement orders relating to the presence of rodents on the premises.

“Ensuring food is free of contamination includes putting robust pest control systems in place and also training/supervising staff appropriately. It must also be noted that summer is a particularly busy time of year for many food businesses, and it is critical that businesses have the necessary systems in place to account for both the increase in customers and temperatures.

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