The issue of cleanliness within the Irish food production sector has been called into question by EU Commission inspectors for the second week in a row.
They are said to have found mould on walls, rusty structures, peeling paint and broken fixtures have been found during an audit of Irish meat and milk plants.
The audit found systematic shortcomings in the way meat establishments were inspected for cleanliness and proper maintenance, and criticised a failure to address long-standing deficiencies in two of the eight establishments visited. In one dairy establishment, “immediate food safety risks” were identified by officials from the commission’s Food and Veterinary Office, while in another, product was wrongly labelled.
Last week the Comission complained about food safety standards in the shellfish production industry in Ireland.