BY JACKIE KEOGH
A PROHIBITION order has been served on a Castletownbere shellfish company forbidding the sale of scallops for a period of one month.
The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority served the order on Shellfish de la Mer on April 22nd last under the Food Safety Authority of Ireland Act 1998.
Prohibition orders are issued where there are concerns over a possible risk to public health and in this case it is understood that the order was limited to a specific batch of scallops, weighing about 1.5 kilos.
A spokesperson for the company told The Southern Star that food safety management ‘is an area to which Shellfish de la Mer, as the largest employer in Castletownbere, is deeply committed.’
He added the prohibition order was for ‘20 scallops that have since been tested and were found to be safe to eat’ and that no product had been placed on the market that was unsafe to eat.