Food / June 9, 2022

Pygmalion and seven others hit with food closure orders

Food / June 9, 2022

Pygmalion and seven others hit with food closure orders

A closure order was served under the FSAI Act 1998 on popular restaurant/bar Pygmalion, citing adequate pest control procedures were not in place.

According to the report, a live rodent and droppings were discovered by HSE inspectors on May 31, 2022. The inspector who issued the closure order said inadequate procedures were in place to control pests. The closure order is yet to be lifted.

To the FSAI, this constitutes a “serious risk” of food being contaminated with pathogenic bacteria. This kind of contamination is likely to render the food unfit for consumption.

Nestled into Powerscourt Townhouse Centre on William Street, South Pygmalion, affectionately known as PYG, has been a mainstay for the cocktail drinkers of Dublin since its opening. In addition, it has been a bustling sun trap for over a decade, attracting Dublin’s students, tourists, and music enthusiasts.

FSAI reported that seven closure orders and one Prohibition Order were served on food businesses during May. Environmental health officers issued the Enforcement Orders in the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Bullet Duck & Dumpling of 27 Mary Street Little, must withdraw all food held in its defective cold room, including cooked and raw meat, the FSAI said.

Golden Beach Supermarket, on Parnell Street, will no longer be allowed to prepare and serve food in some regions of its premises. This is because inspectors spotted “congealed residue” on knives. They also found other foodstuffs were kept at temperatures likely to lead to the growth of pathogens. Pathogens listed included salmonella DPP and listeria, the report said.

Manufacturer HG Ritchie at Jamestown Road, Inchicore, was also slapped with a closure order on May 16. The FSAI lifted this on May 25, 2022.

Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI, said: “It is simply unacceptable that some food businesses across Ireland continue to operate without fully adhering to food safety and hygiene legislation.

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