Dead mice found in Ard­ca­van desserts busi­ness

Wexford People - - NEWS - By MARIA PEP­PER

A LUX­URY home­made desserts busi­ness in Wex­ford was closed down for three days af­ter food safety in­spec­tors dis­cov­ered nine dead mice in the pro­duc­tion area, and mouse drop­pings on bak­ing trays.

Sweet­ness Lux­ury Home­made Desserts in Ard­ca­van Businss park whose di­rec­tors are Davin Pierce and John Pierce, was the sub­ject of an in­spec­tion by en­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cers with the Health Ser­vice Ex­ec­u­tive (HSE) in May.

Dur­ing the in­spec­tion, nine dead mice were found in the pro­duc­tion area and as­so­ci­ated stores di­rectly off the pro­duc­tion area. Seven of the dead mice were found be­low and be­hind one of the chest freez­ers in the goods in­wards/ dis­patch area. One of the dead mice was found in a small store di­rectly off the cold room, while another was ob­served in a store area be­hind the par­ti­tion wall ad­ja­cent to the main oven.

Ac­cord­ing to a HSE re­port, there was ‘pro­lific ev­i­dence’ of mice drop­pings in the premises in­clud­ing on all food shelv­ing; be­hind and be­low freez­ers, on the floor be­side the open food pack­ag­ing shelv­ing, and at all wall/floor joins through­out the dis­patch area that opens into the food pro­duc­tion area.

Drop­pings were also seen on shelv­ing and amongst elec­tri­cal ca­bles and files on the floor of the of­fice in the food pro­duc­tion area.

More drop­pings were ob­served in bak­ing trays on a trol­ley stored be­side the main oven and ad­ja­cent to the wall cladding where other mice drop­pings had been iden­ti­fied in the pro­duc­tion room.

The Food Safety Author­ity of Ire­land (FSAI) or­dered the busi­ness to close on May 22 for breaches of food safety leg­is­la­tion. The clo­sure or­der was lifted on May 25.

Sweet­ness Lux­ury Home­made Desserts was one of 11 Ir­ish busi­nesses or­dered to close dur­ing the month of May.

Sweet­ness Desserts in Ard­ca­van.

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