Businesses awarded for excellence in hygiene and food safety

  • EIQA Announce Hygiene Awards Winners, in association with safefood
  • Hospital and Healthcare Services Category added to Awards

12 October, 2005. Mayo based bakers, O’Hara’s of Foxford, picked up the Overall Winner ‘National Hygiene and Food Safety Award’ at the EIQA (Excellence Ireland Quality Association) Quality and Excellence Awards 2005.  The awards, sponsored by safefood, the Food Safety Promotion Board, were held last night, Thursday 13th October, in Dublin and were presented by Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children, Ms Mary Harney, T.D. Competing against businesses from all over Ireland, O’Hara’s came out on top to win the award for the second year in a row.

A new dimension to the awards in 2005 was the addition of a category for the Hospital and Health services. This is the first time that there has been a specific sector for Hospitals and Health services, and there was a huge response from outlets within this sector. A significant number of hospitals entered and the winner of that award was Stewarts Hospital, Dublin.

Flynn’s Centra, Little Island, Cork won the National Hygiene and Food Safety Award for Small Retailer whilst Miskella’s Super-Valu, Cork won the award for Large Retailer. Other award winners include Leisure-world, in Bishopstown, Cork, who triumphed in the Leisure Centre category. Supermacs in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway were successful in the Hotels and Restaurant group and elsewhere, Eurest at the Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre won the award in the Catering section. Marine Harvest won the Food Processor Award.

EIQA also awarded over 150 businesses for their participation in the scheme over the past ten years. Companies that have been involved for the past five years were invited to participate in the Hygiene and Food Safety Champions awards. Over 200 companies submitted entries and the top three companies were awarded for their commitment to the scheme. The Gold award went to Dochas Centre, at Mountjoy Prison in Dublin, whilst the Silver award when to O’Hara’s Bakery in Mayo. The Bronze award was given to Ryan’s Super-Valu in Glanmire, Cork.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Paul O’ Grady, Chief Executive, EIQA, commented, “These awards highlight the dedication of a substantial number of businesses in Ireland to excellence in Hygiene and Food Safety. The Hygiene Approved Symbol is synonymous with the highest standards of hygiene and food safety in Irish industry. The benefits to businesses are evident when one considers that customers are more likely to visit a store that displays the Hygiene Approved Symbol. Customers take note of cleanliness in store and this can have a real impact on a shops turnover. They also recognise that stores engaging in the National Hygiene and Food Safety programme are committed to extremely high standards of hygiene, and conduct their business with the highest regard for food safety. Indeed the addition of the Hospital and Health services category to the awards this year was met with much approval from the Hospitals and Healthcare sector, and it demonstrates the overall ambition of the service to achieve quality on a sector by sector basis,” commented Mr. O’Grady.

Martin Higgins, Chief Executive, safefood said, “These awards demonstrate the commitment to standards of excellence in food safety in businesses in Ireland. Food safety is everyone’s responsibility and at safefood we work to encourage consumers, throughout the island of Ireland, to constantly think about hygiene and food safety practices. I am delighted to celebrate with the businesses that have succeeded in winning an award today, as they raise the standards against which all organisations should measure themselves.”

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For further information please contact

Nora Lawton, WHPR, Tel: 01 6690030
Fiona Gilligan, safefood, Tel: 01 4480600
Anne Marie Fallon, EIQA, 01 6604100