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- 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...
- Campylobacter Is No. 1 In Ireland!
We like to track as much food-borne illness data as we can. We think its important for many reasons. The Irish Medical News recently reported that Campylobacter was Ireland’s No. 1 food-borne illness for 2006, the latest year for which complete data is available. The Medical News reports:...
- Applying Federal Common Law, Court Finds Matter Should Be Arbitrated; Simultaneously Upholds Forum Selection Clause
Farrell v. Subway Int’l, 11 Civ. 08 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 2011), is a decision on a motion to stay arbitration and simultaneous invalidation of a negotiated forum selection clause. Farrell is a citizen of Ireland and operates three Subway franchises in Dublin. Subway filed a demand for arbitration with...
- The Rise of Pensions Litigation
Between agenda items at a recent meeting of the Association of Pension Lawyers in Ireland conversation turned to the type of matters our various firms’ pensions practices are currently working on. What was surprising was the amount and range of pensions-related litigation. The issues being...
- Is U.S. Beef Safe From Europe's Expanding Horsemeat Crisis?
Are escalating beef prices tempting suppliers worldwide to substitute horsemeat for beef or do only a few European criminals engage in the practice? Only the kind of DNA testing Ireland used to discover the problem can tell and it does not appear the U.S. government does any of that. If a suspect...
- Company Culture of “Sheep and Goats” Results In Religious Discrimination Award
If you have a company culture of “sheep and goats” you may be in for trouble — at least in Northern Ireland. A Fair Employment Tribunal has just awarded a former salesman £15,000, finding that the printing firm at which he worked discriminated against him because of his religion – he was not a...
- Advocate General clarifies “individual character” requirement for unregistered community design rights
A recent opinion issued by Advocate General Melchior Wathelet could strengthen the IP rights of fashion designers in Europe. In a long-running infringement case by Karen Millen Fashions against Dunnes, a major retail chain in Ireland, the Advocate General’s opinion issued to the Court of Justice...
- Federal judge lifts stay of warrant requiring Microsoft to turn over data stored on server located overseas
Last week, in In re Warrant to Search a Certain E-mail Account Controlled and Maintained by Microsoft Corp., a federal judge lifted the stay of execution of an order requiring Microsoft to turn over content stored on a Microsoft server located in Ireland. While this development is largely...
- CJEU Hears Oral Arguments in Pivotal EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Case
By Dan Cooper and Phil Bradley-Schmieg On March 24, 2015, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) heard arguments in Case C-362/14 (Schrems). The High Court of Ireland has asked the CJEU whether Ireland’s data protection authority (DPA) — and by extension other EU DPAs — is bound by the Commission’s ...
- EVENT: Financial Services Regulatory and Enforcement Current Issues
Friday, November 6, 2015 08:00 AM-02:15 PM Eastern Speakers: Oliver Ireland, Jay Baris, Obrea Poindexter, Anna Pinedo, Remmelt Reigersman, Sean Ruff, James Schwartz and Julian Hammar Join us for our half-day briefing on emerging issues. 8:15 a.m. – Living with the Volcker Rule; 9:00 a.m. – Liquid...
- Galloway v Frazer & Others – A glimpse to the future of data protection litigation
On 27 January, the High Court of Northern Ireland granted British MP George Galloway leave to serve proceedings on Google Inc. out of the jurisdiction. The application was based on a variety of claims including libel, harassment, misuse of private information, and unlawful data processing under the ...