Food closures Ireland: Popular Dublin retailer shut over unsafe food

By Kim oLeary

Two Dublin businesses were forced to close after inspections by the FSAI last month over food safety concerns.

The FSAI served closure orders on the following:

  • J2 Sushi & Bento in Swords (closure order served on August 24 and lifted on 31 August)
  • Hempture and Hempland in Abbey Street Upper (closure order served on August 6 and has not been lifted)

The closure orders were served under the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020.

According to an inspector from the HSE, J2 Sushi & Bento restaurant/cafe was issued with a closure order because the business included no controls in place to control the risk associated with the storage, preparation and offering for sale of sushi and sashimi.

According to the inspector from the FSAI, the closure order was issued to retailer Hempture and Hemp because of unsafe food placed on the market.

According to the inspector for the FSAI, there was also no evidence that the food business operator Hempture and Hemp had identified relevant food safety hazards' including, for example: the potential food safety hazards associated with the placing on the market of Cannabidiol (CBD) oils produced by (Carbon dioxide) CO2extraction, the potential food safety hazards associated with CBD isolate on the market; and established procedures to verify the effective operation of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) based food safety management procedures.

Hempture Hemp CBD isolate >99% (Pure crystal Cannabidiol) is considered unsafe as it is a pure chemical of unknown provenance, the manufacturing process for which is uncharacterised and for which no upper safe levels are yet determined in the European Union.

Additionally an improvement order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on Rico's on Richmond Street South.

Commenting, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI, warned that there is a legal responsibility for food businesses to act responsibly and ensure food they provide to customers is safe to eat.

“There is no excuse for behaviour which has the potential to put consumers’ health at risk. We are once again appealing to all food businesses to ensure they are fully compliant with food safety procedures and hygiene legislation.

"Consumers have a right to safe food and in turn, food businesses have a legal requirement to ensure they provide is safe to eat. All food business owners must ensure that their business is complying with food law at all times,” said Dr Byrne.

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