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Inspired by New York's hip Meatpacking district, it's often been touted as one of the capital's most chic eateries since launching close-to four years ago. 

And certainly, Fade Street Social – part of celebrity chef Dylan McGrath's string of restaurants – draws in a seriously cool crowd, including the likes of Beyonce and Jay-Z, who ate there in March 2014.

However, the Food Safety Authority Of Ireland has today revealed that Fade Street Social was last month ordered to CLOSE DOWN by environmental health officers.

Shut for a full day on July 15, the FSAI ordered the closure because it "deemed that there is or there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health at or in the premises". 

On its website, Fade Street Social boasts that it serves "the very best of homegrown produce," adding that "freshness is the real hero".

When Beyonce and Jay-Z visited the spot two-and-a-half years ago, the Irish Independent reported that Queen Bey tucked into the pumpkin flatbreads garnished with fresh rosemary, parmesan, onion purée, sliced chestnut and fried mushroom, while her rapper husband opted for a classic strip steak and a serving of chips.


It has been established that 12 food businesses around the country have been issued with Closure Orders – five under the FSAI Act of1998 and seven under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations of 2010 – while one was issued with a Prohibition Order during the month of July.

When officials rule that there exists a grave or immediate danger to public health, a Closure Order is served which can lead to the immediate closure of all or part of the food premises, or all or some of its activities,

Commenting on the issue, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive of the FSAI, insists food businesses have a responsibility to their customers, saying: "There are simply no excuses for putting consumers’ health at risk through sub-standard food hygiene practices."

"The summer months are busy months for food businesses and systems must be put in place to cope with the increase in customers," she added.

"It is essential that all food businesses have the appropriate food safety management systems and procedures in place and that all staff are fully trained to ensure these systems and procedures are adhered to all time."

With 13 businesses hitting the headlines for non-compliance, Dr. Byrne issues a warning, saying: "We are re-emphasising to all food businesses that they must comply with food safety and hygiene laws at all times."

Five Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

 Blueberries “Pop Up” (restaurant), No. 13 Lower Cork Street, Mitchelstown, Cork

 Fade Street Social (restaurant), 4-6 Fade Street, Dublin 2

The Spice House (restaurant), 2 Church Street, Cavan

Nite Star (take away), Main Street, Glenties, Donegal

Majas Virtue (food stall), Trading at Farmleigh Estate, Phoenix Park, Castleknock, Dublin 15

Seven Closure Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:

Chen’s Chinese Take Away, Parnell Street, Mountmellick, Laois

Cashel Take Away Foodstall, Cashel, Achill, Mayo

The Jolly Roger (public house) (closed activity – food production, handling and storage), Sherkin Island, Skibbereen, Cork

Sandyford House (restaurant) (closed area: kitchen and food service areas only), Sandyford Village, Sandyford, Dublin 18

Azeem Meat and Grocery (butcher), 2 Pound Street, Edgeworthstown, Longford

Lucky Dragon (take away), 70 Fassaugh Avenue, Cabra, Dublin 7

Craigs Fresh (wholesale), Drumnabratty, Raphoe, Donegal

One Prohibition Order was served under EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:

Kearney's Restaurant, Main Street, Tallow, Waterford

Further to this it was established that a successful prosecution was carried out by the HSE on Dragon Inn Chinese Take Away of Barrack St Waterford, which is now under new ownership.


We love nothing more than eating out or grabbing a bite on the go, so we like to know that everyone is on their best game when it comes to serving the public.

And with the weather heating up and more of us opting to eat out rather than slave over a hot stove, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland have issued a health and safety warning to businesses around the country.

The stark warning comes after 12 closure orders were issued to food businesses during the month of May.

Under the FSAI Act, 1998, Closure Orders were issued to:

  • Syrian Foods (food stall), 14 Creagh Woods, Gorey, Wexford
  • Chens Chinese Take Away, Parnell Street, Mountmellick, Laois
  • Centra Lower William Street (supermarket), 9 William Street, Limerick
  • Mr Simms Old Sweet Shoppe (sweet shop), 59 Dame Street, Dublin 2
  • Lal Quila (restaurant), Tramway Terrace, Douglas Village, Douglas, Cork
  • China Kitchen (restaurant), Market Place, Clonmel, Tipperary

Under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010, further Closure Orders were issued to:

  • “Paddy Jack” food stall (Closed activity: cooking of raw meat), Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
  • Kashmir Kebab House (take away), 15 Davis Street, Limerick
  • New Curry House (take away), 62 Newcastle Road Lower, Galway
  • The Nest (pre-school) (Closed activity: use of the main kitchen at the rear of the premises), Block C, Brabazon Hall, Ardee Street, Dublin 8
  • Caoch O'Leary (public house), Ballacolla, Laois
  • El Grito (restaurant), (Closed activity: preparation of raw kebabs), 3 Merchants Arch, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Reminding businesses of the importance of exercising extra caution during particular weather conditions, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI said: “It is particularly important during the summer months that all food businesses adhere to the strictest food safety measures.”

“All food businesses must have robust food safety management systems in place to ensure the highest protection for their customers,” she continued.

“We advise all food businesses, to ensure they are prepared for the increase in temperature and that all staff are trained to ensure that best food safety procedures are understood and applied."


If you bought a box of Tesco bran flakes recently – you should probably return them: the supermarket giant is now warning that some packs may contain small pieces of plastic "due a production fault".

It's just the 1kg size that is under scrutiny: the batch codes to look out for are 52320953, 52320953A, 52330953, and 52340953. They'll all also have a best before date of May 2016 on them.

The Food Safety Authority Of Ireland warns today: Tesco Ireland is recalling the above batches of Tesco Bran Flakes, as a small number of packets may contain plastic fragments. 

"No other products are affected by this recall.

"Tesco Ireland is issuing in-store recall notices requesting customers who have bought these implicated batches to return them to a Tesco store."

The cereal is all made and packaged in the UK. 

"If you have bought this product," Tesco says. "Do not eat it. Instead, return it to your nearest Tesco store for a full refund."

For more information, see fsia.ie.



Ok – we have just about gotten over the whole horse meat scandal. But now, research carried out by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and the Health Service Executive has found that seven out of 20 lamb kebabs ordered from takeaways in Dublin contain little or no lamb.

Six of them contain over 60% chicken and 30% beef, and only three of the seven had any trace of lamb at all (between one and five per cent).

There’s no horse in your kebab though, nor was there any goat, pig or turkey.

Prof Alan Reilly, Chief Executive of the FSAI is not impressed:

“When you order a lamb kebab you expect to get a lamb kebab and not a beef and chicken kebab.  Incorrectly listing meat products on a menu or menu board, whether inadvertently or by design, is an unacceptable infringement of the labelling legislation.”

Will this stop you from tucking into a kebab this weekend? Yeah, us neither. We love chicken!