July 26, 2021
Business News

Waterford pub closed over rodent activity posed ‘danger’ to the public

A Waterford bar was shut down for three days last month after food safety inspectors decided it posed “grave and immediate danger” to the public due to “rodent activity.”

The Exchange Bar in Ballybricken was closed down on January 3 last after a visit by an Environmental Health Inspector from the Health Service Executive.

During the course of the visit the inspector found the premises was not in compliance with European rules regarding the hygiene of foodstuff.

The report stated: “Evidence of rodent activity was found in the bar area, posing a risk of contamination to foodstuffs, food preparation surfaces equipment and utensils.”

“Rodents transmit pathogens through faeces and urine which may lead to a serious risk to public health.”

The report found there was a “grave and immediate danger to the public health, in or on the said premises,” being The Exchange Bar.

The bar was closed for four days and the order lifted on Tuesday, January 7.

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