[Sinn Fein]

30 March 2001

Tesco's store closure over food hygiene breaches - Full explanation owed to customers and staff

Dublin City Councillor Nicky Kehoe said that the Tesco supermarket chain  owes it to customers and staff to make a full public statement on the closure of their store in Stoneybatter because of breaches of food hygiene laws.

The Food Safety Authority today confirmed that the Northern Area Health Board has served a closure order on Tesco Ireland Ltd, Park Shopping Centre, Prussia Street, Dublin 7, under the Food Safety Authority of Ireland Act, 1998.

The closure order follows an inspection by environmental health officers on Thursday evening during which a number of breaches of the Food Hygiene Regulations were found.

Cllr Kehoe  said:

``The fact that Tesco's Stoneybatter store has been shut down on health grounds is naturally very worrying to shoppers.

``Tesco's owe it to their customers and their staff to give a full and public explanation as to what exactly has happened, what is being done to ensure public food safety, and to keep everyone up to date on ongoing developments.''

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