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  • Irish Investigation Uncovers Horse Traceability Issues

    An investigation in Ireland has shone a spotlight on the welfare of horses and how their meat can enter the food chain. Traceability, misuse of microchips, and fake passport issues were raised in a program by Irish broadcaster RTÉ, including undercover footage and microchip record analysis. In response, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the...

  • Survey highlights hygiene issues with smart device use in kitchens

    A study in Ireland has highlighted potential risks associated with using smart devices in the kitchen while cooking. The research examined hygiene habits when using a smartphone or tablet in the domestic kitchen. One in three participants didn’t wash their hands after touching raw chicken and before touching a smart device. Three-quarters didn’t wash their...

  • Northern Ireland Appeals Court Rejects Challenge To Religious Education In Schools

    In re an Application by JR87, (NI CA, April 30, 2024), is an appeal in a challenge to the legality of religious education and collective worship practices in schools in Northern Ireland. In the case, parents who are humanists and are not raising their daughter in any religious tradition object to the Christian religious education...

  • ESMA agrees with investment restrictions on GBP LDI funds in Ireland and Luxembourg

    On 29 April 2024, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a press release which outlines its advice to the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) and the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) on investment restrictions for GBP Liability-Driven Investment (LDI) funds to ensure their resilience. The advice follows the notification from the...

  • FSA survey finds cost concerns leading to riskier behavior among consumers

    A survey has shown how rising prices are prompting people to take more food safety risks in an attempt to save money, according to recently released research. The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Food and You 2 survey was conducted between April and July 2023. A total of 5,812 adults from 4,006 households across England, Wales,...

  • Food-related complaints increase in Ireland in 2023

    The number of hygiene and safety complaints received by the Irish food agency in 2023 was higher than previous years, according to statistics recently released. A total of 7,732 complaints and queries were handled by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s (FSAI) Advice Line in 2023. There were 4,395 complaints from consumers, with more than...

  • Irish agency highlights shellfish norovirus risk

    An agency in Ireland has published a notice to try to reduce the incidence of contaminated oysters in the market and minimize norovirus-related illnesses. The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) Food Safety Information Notice covers strategies to manage norovirus risks in oysters. It coincides with the SFPA and Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s (FSAI) annual food...

  • Privacy World Week in Review

    In case you missed it, below are recent posts from Privacy World covering the latest developments on data privacy, security and innovation. Please reach out to the authors if you are interested in additional information. In Narrow Vote California Moves Next Generation Privacy Regs Forward | Privacy World EDPB Versus Ireland? Does the Opinion on...

  • EDPB Versus Ireland? Does the Opinion on “Main Establishments” Mean the End of the GDPR “One-stop Shop” Mechanism?

    On February 13, 2024, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) released its opinion on the notion of the main establishment of a controller in the EU under article 4(16)(a) GDPR and the criteria for the application of the “one-stop shop” mechanism, in particular, regarding the notion of a controller’s “place of central administration” (PoCA) in...

  • Irish research shows high confidence in the safety of food

    Industry and consumer research by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has revealed strong confidence in food safety measures. Consumers believe that food safety in the country has improved in the past five years, with some 9 in 10 people saying food in Ireland is safe. Surveys were undertaken with nationally representative samples of...

  • Dublin and London

    The D&O Diary was on assignment in Europe last week, with first stops in Dublin and London. Late January may not seem like the ideal time to visit Ireland and England. Though the weather was chilly and darkness gathered early in the afternoon, it turned out not to be a bad time to visit after...

  • The DUP and The Deal: Power-Sharing Returns to N Ireland

    Our December blog, examined the optimism at the end of last year that a way could be found out of the political deadlock that has paralysed the Northern Ireland Assembly for the last two years. As our blog noted, although those hopes did not materialize, the fact that the discussions had reached such an advanced...

  • FSAI assesses official controls in the dairy sector

    An assessment of controls at companies in the dairy sector in Ireland has found the system works well overall but there are several areas that need improvement. The audit covered official controls by a Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) division in the dairy production chain. Eleven businesses were audited between August and...

  • Most major pathogens see an increase in Ireland

    The number of E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, and Listeria infections have gone up in Ireland, according to 2022 data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC). During the COVID-19 pandemic, reporting rates for giardiasis, listeriosis, norovirus, rotavirus, salmonellosis, shigellosis, and toxoplasmosis in Ireland decreased compared to pre-pandemic levels. Still, rates for...

  • FSAI airs frustration at food safety law breaches

    The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has voiced frustration at what it called “repeated, similar and fundamental” breaches of food law. 92 enforcement orders were served on businesses for violating food safety legislation in 2023, up from the 77 reported in 2022.  FSAI expressed disappointment at the increase and urged businesses to train staff...

  • Food prices a Christmas concern in Ireland

    Almost two-thirds of households in Northern Ireland said the rising cost of food was their biggest concern ahead of Christmas, according to a survey. Research was commissioned by safefood as part of its annual Christmas food safety campaign. The group, which promotes food safety and nutrition in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, encouraged home cooks...

  • FSA survey finds most consumer views stable

    Many consumer behaviors have remained the same, but concern about food prices has risen, according to an analysis of a multi-year survey. The report has findings from respondents in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland from six surveys between 2020 and 2023.   The Food Standards Agency (FSA) uses the survey done twice a year to monitor consumers’...

  • Brexit and N Ireland

    Over the last few weeks, hopes have been rising that a way could be found out of the political deadlock that has paralysed the N Ireland Assembly over the last two years. Those hopes were cruelly dashed on 18 December, but the fact that the discussions had reached such an advanced stage gives hope that...

  • Survey reveals concerns of small firms in Ireland

    According to a survey, almost two-thirds of firms are highly concerned about the impact of a poor food safety audit or enforcement on their business. Research found that just under half of food companies claim that food safety and compliance with regulations are their top priorities. While nearly three-quarters of food business owners and managers...

  • FSA research reveals the scale of risky food safety behaviors

    A project commissioned by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed multiple examples of risky food safety practices in kitchens. Having insights into these behaviors and the factors that influence them will inform policy decision-making, guidance, and risk assessment work, said FSA. Kitchen Life 2 used cameras to see food safety behaviors in 70 households and...

  • Irish seafood agency reveals critical incidents and controls in 2022

    The Irish agency responsible for seafood controls has revealed alleged illness from shellfish and detection of pathogens in products in its 2022 annual report. The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) is tasked with ensuring seafood safety for consumers up to retail and verifying seafood trade. 2022 was described as a challenging year for Ireland’s seafood sector...

  • Feedback prompts FSA to re-think the food hygiene approach

    The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has dropped some proposed plans as part of updating food hygiene controls following a consultation. Several stakeholders raised concerns about a new scoring system and frequencies of planned official controls. They would have applied in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. FSA said the plans will not be progressed as costs...

  • Irish DPA to Ban Meta from Processing Personal Data for Behavioral Advertising Following EDPB Urgent Binding Decision

    On October 27, 2023, the European Data Protection Board adopted an urgent binding decision instructing the Irish Data Protection Commissioner to take final measures against Meta Ireland Limited within two weeks and impose a ban on Meta’s processing of personal data for behavioral advertising based on the contractual necessity and legitimate interests legal bases.

  • Short take: When Terrorism Goes Mainstream

    Over and over, I think of the words of Lyrissa Lidsky. Nevertheless, I know that in the war of generations, the younger always wins.  I just wonder what victory looks like. The answer is beginning to emerge. And the streets tell the story as well. From London to Ireland, Germany to Italy, Scotland to France,...

  • Study reveals E. coli-related HUS rise in Ireland

    According to researchers, the rate of severe complications after E. coli infection has remained mainly stable over several years but increased in Ireland. Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is a rare but severe complication associated with E. coli infections that causes kidney failure. Previous figures showed no notable changes in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland. In...

  • Rise in travel-related Cryptosporidium cases prompts warning

    Irish health officials have issued a warning after recording a rise in cryptosporidium infections in people returning from abroad. The Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland said increased levels of cryptosporidiosis have been reported from areas of Spain, including Salou in Catalonia, in the past month. A parasite causes the infection, and symptoms include diarrhea and...

  • Claims for holiday pay – Supreme Court holds worker can claim for historic underpayments which are part of a series of deductions

    The Supreme Court has given its judgment in the case of Chief Constable of Northern Ireland v Agnew and ors and dismissed the appeal, holding that the workers could claim back for a whole series of unlawful deductions even where there was a gap of more than three months between those deductions. In this case,...

  • Food recalls down but incidents up for Ireland in 2022

    The number of recalls declined in 2022, but there was a rise in food incidents, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)’s annual report. In 2022, 77 Enforcement Orders were served on food businesses by the FSAI and through other agencies. This included 65 closure orders, 12 prohibition orders, and six prosecutions. Although...

  • Irish agency reveals seafood safety cases

    The agency responsible for seafood safety in the Republic of Ireland has recorded 18 potential breaches of food safety law in the first half of 2023. The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) is responsible for enforcement of food law in the seafood sector up to the point of retail. Eight enforcements notices were served against businesses during...

  • Sampling projects find adulteration and allergen issues

    Two sampling projects have found issues with meat substitution and undeclared allergens despite an overall high level of compliance. Findings come from targeted surveillance sampling of products in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland for the Food Standards Agency (FSA). In 2020, the program focused on commodities and hazards where intelligence suggested that the impact of...

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