April 3, 2020
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‘Danger to public health’ – Waterford shop’s food prep area shut down over smoking of meats

Part of a Waterford store that serve specialty foods has seen a food preparation area shut down by health officials as it posed “grave and immediate danger to public health.”

Polish Grocery Janosiki on 17 Mary Street in Dungarvan was issued with a notice to “shut down the rear external yard which the shop was using to smoke meats,” by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland on Friday, February 21.

The order served on Joanna Trubala said the yard “be closed with immediate effect” because the FSAI official “being of the opinion that there is or is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health.”

In the FSAI’s Monthly enforcement orders report published today, the official said of Polish Grocery Janosiki: “There was a failure to put in place a documented food safety management system based on the principles of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP). The failure to implement adequate procedures particularly in relation to the smoking, cooling and vacuum packing of meats gave rise to an unacceptable risk to food safety.

“The layout and design of the rear yard was not suitable for the production of food and the rough concrete surfaces do not permit adequate cleaning or disinfection required in food production areas.

“The gap to external air between the walls and floating perspex ceiling do not adequately minimise the risk of air borne contamination to the food.

“The yard was not maintained in a hygienic condition with obsolete equipment and refuse also stored in the yard which may give rise to the contamination of food.”

The yard has not reopened for food preparation at this point.

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