Arklow fast-food outlet forced to close last month following food safety inspection

Eddie Rockets in the Bridgewater Centre was forced to close last month

Eddie Rockets in Arklow was forced to close its doors for a day last month after an inspection by food safety officials.

According to a report released today, the diner was one of nine premises forced to close their doors nationwide last month due to a breach in food regulation after officials from the food safety authority paid them a visit.

The outlet in the Bridgewater Centre was closed for a day on recommendations from the HSE but it was allowed to re-open the following day according to the report.

Speaking today, Professor Alan Reilly, Chief Executive of FSAI said “It is not acceptable for any food business to potentially put their customers’ health at risk. Every food business should be striving to meet the high food safety and hygiene standards that the majority of food businesses achieve on a daily basis.”

Among the other outlets forced to close were a Spar shop in Cork, a restaurant in Limerick and a kebab shop in Dublin. The Food Safety Authority also shut 11 premiss in November but it is not believed any in Wicklow were effected.

It is usual for businesses to reopen within a day or sometimes even a few hours after these orders are served, once they can show they have fixed the problems identified.

This evening a spokesperson for Eddie Rockets said “On Tuesday 13th January, Eddie Rockets diner at Bridgewater Shopping Centre was closed for a very brief time due to a closure order issued by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

“The order was served due to a slight temperature inaccuracy in one of our fridges. The temperature was immediately fixed, the closure order was lifted and we re-opened on Wednesday morning the 14th January.”

The full list of outlets that were served notices can be found here

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