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- FSA survey shows date label confusion
A poll of adults in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland has revealed that half of them do not always check the use-by date on food before eating it. Findings show that 44 percent view use-by dates as a useful guide and half of adults surveyed could not identify the correct definition for a use-by date....
- Children sick in Irish E. coli outbreak
Public health officials in Ireland are searching for the source of an E. coli O26 outbreak in part of the country. The Department of Public Health Mid-West of the Health Service Executive (HSE) is investigating the outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) that has affected one setting in a region that includes Clare, Limerick and...
- Ireland sees food and allergen alerts rise in 2020
Ireland recorded a notable increase in food and allergen alerts in 2020 compared to the year before. There were 167 alerts this past year, compared to 107 in 2019. Of these, 112 were food alerts and 55 were allergen warnings, according to figures from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). Food alerts relate to a...
- Private Equity Investment in Sport
Private equity firm CVC Capital Partners has purchased a 14.3% stake in the Six Nations rugby tournament, putting pen to paper on a deal, which will see CVC pay approximately £365 million over five-years. The deal, subject to regulatory approval, sees CVC target the tournament’s commercial rights. In return, the governing bodies of England, Scotland,...
- Scientists test handheld DNA sequencers for microbial monitoring
Researchers have evaluated a handheld DNA sequencing device for use in environmental monitoring at food factories. The study, by researchers from the Teagasc food research program and APC Microbiome Ireland’s Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre, tested portable DNA sequencers as a routine microbial monitoring tool in food production facilities. It was funded by the Department of...
- Hepatitis A outbreaks investigated in Ireland
Two outbreaks of hepatitis A virus (HAV) with 17 infections are under investigation in Ireland. A total of 21 patients have been identified during a three-month period in Dublin, with 17 linked to the outbreaks that began in November 2020. One of the outbreak strains has genotype IA. Three cases of hepatitis A were reported to...
- FSAI records rise in illegal food business investigations
Irish officials investigated almost 50 unregistered food businesses in 2020 which is more than double the figure from the year before. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) was part of enquiries into 47 unregistered firms this past year compared to 19 in 2019. Investigations resulted in 17 tons of unfit or unsafe food taken...
- Irish complaints include hair, snails, moths, stones, live insects in food
Consumer complaints in 2020 included hair in foods, glass in soup and insects and rodent droppings in products, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). In total, 2,772 grievances were handled by the FSAI’s advice line this past year, with 34 percent relating to unfit food and 30 percent to poor hygiene standards....
- Irish survey finds rare contamination of spreads, dips
An analysis of more than 1,000 ready-to-eat (RTE) spreads and dips in Ireland has found the majority free from contamination. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) survey investigated the prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, Campylobacter, Enterobacteriaceae, and E. coli, which is an indicator of fecal contamination, in refrigerated RTE spreads and dips such as...
- Transatlantic Trade Week in Rewind (Week of February 1, 2021)
In the week of February 1, 2021, here are key developments in transatlantic trade: The EU’s COVID-19 vaccine export control mechanism is unable to escape ongoing criticism and a proposal was raised that would invoke Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, increasing UK-EU tension Lawmakers in the US attempt to move the “American Rescue...
- Woman threatens to sue Cadbury’s
A woman is considering taking legal action if tests prove she contracted salmonella poisoning after eating a Cadbury’s chocolate bar. Catherine Henderson, 62, of County Antrim, North Ireland, spent five days in hospital. Her lawyers said tests found she had the same strain of the bug. In a...
- A Modest Immigration Proposal
In 1729, Jonathon Swift caused quite a stir when he published “A Modest Proposal For Preventing The Children of Poor People in Ireland From Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Public.” Swift suggested, in jest, that the Irish eat their own children....
- German Court ‘Un-Friends’ Facebook: Ruling on Friend Finder, User’s IP Rights and Data Use Policy
On March 6, 2012, the Regional Court of Berlin issued a ruling on a case initiated by the Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband, the Federation of German Consumer Organisations, against Facebook Ireland Limited. The court took this rare opportunity to object to several key features of Facebook’s user...
- Northern Ireland’s Largest E. coli Outbreak Tapers Off After Restaurant Closure
An estimated 290 people are now thought to have been sickened in what has become the largest E. coli outbreak to affect Northern Ireland. Health officials announced Wednesday that 124 cases have been confirmed and a further 166 are suspected to be part of the outbreak linked to Flicks, a sit-down...
On April 30, 2013, the regional court of Berlin enjoined Apple Sales International, which is based in Ireland, from relying on eight of its existing standard data protection clauses in contracts with customers based in Germany. The court also prohibited Apple’s future use of such clauses....
- Ireland Recalls Smoked Salmon for Listeria Contamination
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has issued a recall of Clarke’s Fish Exports farmed oak smoked salmon with Clarke’s Fish Exports label as “a precautionary measure” after Listeria was detected in some batches. The affected smoked salmon was supplied to distributors, on-line customers and ...
- U.S. extraterritorial data warrants: yet another reason for swift Data Protection reform, says EU Commission
In May, we reported that a U.S. magistrate judge had upheld a warrant requiring Microsoft to disclose emails held on servers in Ireland to the U.S. authorities. The ruling has now attracted the attention of Brussels, with the Vice-President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, voicing her...
- Industry, Privacy Advocates Join Microsoft to Protect Customer Emails in Foreign Servers
On December 15, 2014, Microsoft reported the filing of 10 amicus briefs in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals signed by leading technology and media companies, computer scientists and trade associations and advocacy organizations, in support of Microsoft's litigation to resist a U.S. Government's...
- “Won’t Take Me Down” – living with chronic pain
Our personal injury clients often give us great inspiration with their fortitude and positive spirit. A client recently forwarded this poem written for her by her sister in Ireland. WON’T TAKE ME DOWN What you see on the outside Is not what’s inside Crippled in pain that I feel I must hide The...
- There is No Mistaking Butter Says Irish Food Safety Authority
Butter is now defined in Ireland as a churned-cream dairy product consisting primarily of milk fat, water, non-fat milk material and if necessary, salt, according to Dr. Pat O’Mahon, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s chief specialist in food technology. The new official definition comes from a ...