Five businesses were hit with enforcement orders in October after breaking food safety laws.
A cafe, bakery, retail store and food stall were closed for some time, while another soup kitchen received an order for improvement.
A bakery and catering service and cafe, both in Dublin, a food stand in Limerick, as well as a store in Louth have received closure orders from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.
Two closure orders were served under the FSAI Act 1998 on Mr Price (for his shop and canteen) in Drogheda, County Louth, as well as at the Chai Cafe on Dorset Street Upper in Dublin.
In addition, closure orders were served under European Union regulations (official food law controls) of 2020 on two businesses.
Yasmin Bakery and Catering in Walkinstown, Dublin 12 has been ordered to stop “the preparation of meat, fish and rice dishes through websites or social media sites that it operates or employs for advertising” , according to the FSAI.
Damascus Food Stall, located at the corner of Robert Street and Cornmarket Row in Limerick, has also been hit with a closure order.
Meanwhile, an Improvement Order was served under the Navan Soup Kitchen Act 1998 FSAI in Brews Hill, Navan, Co Meath.
The food safety watchdog also listed some of the reasons businesses were asked to shut down last month.
While these were not tied to any particular company, some of the reasons for the enforcement orders included: “Infestation of active rodents (rats) with feces present and gnaw marks on a wall; heavy accumulations of dirt on food preparation surfaces and equipment to such an extent that food was susceptible to contamination; no temperature monitoring recording. “
Other reasons include: “No hot water provided; inadequate separation of raw and cooked foods; rodent droppings found in the staff canteen; failure to ensure that the competent authority had up-to-date information on the range of activities taking place in the establishment; failure to make food available for sale or supply without providing written details of any allergens in the food; no evidence that food handlers have been supervised and instructed and / or trained in food hygiene. “
Dr Pamela Byrne, Managing Director of FSAI, said that “all food companies have a legal obligation to ensure that they adhere to a high standard of food safety and hygiene at all times.”
“It is also imperative that an appropriate pest control system is in place and that it is checked very regularly to avoid rodent and insect infestations,” she said.
“It is also essential that food companies have a strong culture of food safety and hygiene in their business, which can be achieved through the continuous training of all members of their team and a strong commitment to food safety from the management team.
“Consumers have a right to healthy food, and food companies have a legal obligation to ensure that the food they process, serve or sell is safe to eat. “