The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has reported that three Enforcement Orders were served in the month of May.
Of these three orders, one closure order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on JLM Foods and JLM Family Butchers, Main Street, Tyrrellspass, Co. Westmeath.
The establishment was not registered or approved by any competent authority for the operations that were taking place, specifically relating to storage, processing and national distribution of meat and other products.
The FSAI reported that were products were being sold that were considered not fit for human consumption and without valid shelf-lives, a lack of labelling, a lack of traceability and undeclared allergens.
Commenting on this issue, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive of the FSAI, outlined her concern that some illegal operators are taking advantage of consumers shopping locally during the current public health pandemic.
“The Prohibition Orders resulted in over 1,500kg of meat and meat products being seized and destroyed. No matter where, how or from whom consumers buy food, it must be safe to eat, produced in an approved or registered food establishment and comply with food law, so that public health is protected.”
“The Enforcement Orders in May were served for a blatant disregard for compliance with food legislation,” she added.