Nine dead mice discovered in ‘luxury dessert’ business

Food Safety Authority orders 11 closures during May, the highest of the year so far

A “luxury homemade dessert” business has been ordered to close after food safety inspectors discovered nine dead mice in its production area, and mouse droppings on baking trays.

Sweetness Luxury Homemade Desserts in Ardcavan, Co Wexford, was the subject of an inspection by environmental health officers with the Health Service Executive (HSE) in May.

During the inspection, nine dead mice were found in the production area and associated stores directly off the production area. Seven of the dead mice were found below and behind one of the chest freezers in the goods inwards/dispatch area.

One of the dead mice was found in the small store directly off the cold room, while another was observed in a store area behind the partition wall adjacent to the main oven.


There was “prolific evidence” of mice droppings observed in the premises including on all food shelving; on the floor beside the open food packaging shelving; and at all wall/floor joins throughout the dispatch area that opens into the food production area.

Droppings were also observed on shelving and amongst electrical cables and files on the floor of the office in the food production area.

More were observed in baking trays on a trolley stored beside the main oven and adjacent to the wall cladding where other mice droppings had been identified in the production room.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has ordered the business to close for breaches of food safety legislation.

Sweetness Luxury Homemade Desserts was one of 11 businesses ordered to close during the month, which was the highest number of any month this year.

Another business, Addison Lodge in Glasnevin, Dublin, was told to close its doors after dead and live crawling insects including earwigs, woodlice and spiders were found on the premises.

The FSAI said these posed a risk to food safety as insects can transmit disease. Live flies were noted throughout the premises and the windows were left open.

There was also a build up of ingrained grease, dirt, food debris, and dust. Additionally a “foul odour” was noted emanating from the grease trap in the kitchen.

The other businesses ordered to close were D&G’s Takeaway, Carlow; Golden Beach Supermarket, Parnell Street, Dublin; Salthill Social, Galway; Blackchurch Inn, Naas Road, Dublin; the retail butcher counter area of Zaiqa Foods, Tramore Road, Cork; Derrynaflan Foods, Midleton, Cork; Lucky Dragon 2, Cabra, Dublin; Rock Kebab and Pizza, Cashel, Tipperary; and Bella Roma, Ballybough Road, Dublin.

A closure order is served where it is deemed that there is or there is likely to be a “grave and immediate danger” to public health at or in the premises. They can refer to the immediate closure of all or part of the food premises, or all or some of its activities.

Colin Gleeson

Colin Gleeson

Colin Gleeson is an Irish Times reporter