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Popular Dublin bar met with food closure order after ‘live-rodent’ spotted in venue

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 11/06/2022 Rebecca Fisher

Popular Dublin pub Pygmalion has been met with a food closure order after a rodent was spotted in the popular William Street South venue.

The closure act was presented under the FSAI Act 1998, claiming that the popular venue did not have adequate pest control procedures in place.

HSE inspectors discovered a live rodent as well as droppings during an examination of the business at PowerscourtTownhouse Centre on May 31, 2022. 

Popular Dublin bar Pygmalion has been met with a closure order after a ‘live-rodent’ was spotted on the premises. Pic: Pygmalion © Provided by Extra.ie Popular Dublin bar Pygmalion has been met with a closure order after a ‘live-rodent’ was spotted on the premises. Pic: Pygmalion

The popular restaurant and bar, which is located off of Dublin’s budding South William Street, has been operating since March 2009 and is a hotspot for Irish party lovers.

The city centre venue described itself an ‘elegant setting for world cuisine with a focus on Mediterranean, Modern European and tapas dishes’ prior to the inspection.

‘Adequate procedures were not in place to control pests, a live rodent and fresh droppings were sighted on site.’ the handwritten report stated.

The closure act was presented under the FSAI Act 1998, claiming that the popular venue did not have adequate pest control procedures in place. Pic: RollingNews.ie © Provided by Extra.ie The closure act was presented under the FSAI Act 1998, claiming that the popular venue did not have adequate pest control procedures in place. Pic: RollingNews.ie

The inspector went on to say that the presence of rodents as well as a lack of hygiene protocol could lead to serious health risks for those indulging on the premises.

‘The above conditions lead to a serious risk of food being contaminated with pathogens and bacteria, likely to render the food unsafe for human consumption,’ the report continued.

Concluding the report, the inspector alleged the food could be ‘contaminated in such a way that would be unreasonable to expect it to be consumed in that state.’

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