The Food Safety Authority of Ireland today reported that five Closure Orders were served on food businesses during the month of October for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998. The Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive.

FSAI Chief Executive Dr Pamela Byrne expressed particular concern that this month’s Enforcement Orders included three Closure Orders in relation to individuals running online unregistered and unsupervised food businesses selling a range of products from the bedroom of a house.

She said: "Running a food business that has not been registered and is, therefore, not supervised is totally unacceptable and poses a very serious risk to consumers’ health. In these instances, the unregistered businesses were producing food without any hygiene or temperature controls or staff training."