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  • FSA annual reports shows rise in incidents and recalls

    The number of food incidents, recalls and cases of four pathogens went up over a 12-month period, according to the latest published data. The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) annual report and accounts covers performance and activities in 2021/22 across England, Wales and Northern Ireland at a cost of £130.5 million ($160.2 million). Susan Jebb, FSA chair, said:...

  • Coimisiún na Meán to be designated as Competent Authority under the EU Terrorist Content Online Regulation

    Coimisiún na Meán (the Media Commission), is currently in the process of being established in accordance with the Online Safety and Media Regulation Act (OSMR). Further information on its establishment and the appointment of the first four commissioners to Coimisiún na Meán can be read here. In addition to its role as the supervisory authority...

  • FSA looks at consumer attitudes to buying food online

    Factors such as the seller and the product type influence consumer trust in the hygiene and safety of food sold online, according to research. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) commissioned research to understand consumer attitudes toward buying food online, including the perceived risks. Findings come from 12 online discussion groups with 69 people in England,...

  • Appointment of Executive Chairperson and Commissioners to Coimisiún na Meán

    Today, the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin announced the appointment of four Commissioners to Coimisiún na Meán/the  Media Commission. The Media Commission, which  is currently in the process of being established in accordance with the Online Safety and Media Regulation Act (OSMR), will act as the supervisory authority under...

  • The Northern Ireland Conundrum: A Path Forward?

    A Re-cap The Good Friday Agreement (GFA) The 1998 GFA brought an end to the 30 years of violent sectarian strife, euphemistically known as ‘The Troubles’. The GFA was carefully constructed so as to balance the competing positions of both communities and to remove all infrastructure on the border between N and S Ireland.  Importantly,...

  • 2023: Court cases, rule changes and Codex celebrations

    — OPINION — Welcome to 2023! The calendars have been changed, the holiday season is coming to a close and it is time to refocus ahead of what is sure to be another news worthy period for the food sector. This year marks a decade since the horse meat scandal in Europe. The food fraud...

  • Cost tops Christmas concerns but safety is still listed as an important aspect

    The cost of food is the main concern for people this Christmas but safety is still important, according to a survey. Research from safefood revealed that almost 4 in 10 people in Ireland are concerned about getting Christmas dinner right. The group safefood promotes food safety and nutrition in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The cost...

  • Survey reveals good Salmonella knowledge in Ireland

    Irish people generally have good knowledge of the main aspects to prevent Salmonella infection, according to recently published study results. Researchers evaluated consumers’ food safety knowledge by looking at their practices and attitudes regarding raw meat handling, cross-contamination while handling different types of food products, and knowledge of Salmonella risk and associated food-handling practices.  An online survey...

  • Irish Data Protection Commission Fines Meta €265 Million for Privacy Violations

    On November 25, 2022, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission released a decision fining Meta Platforms, Inc. €265 million for a 2019 data leak involving the personal information of approximately 533 million Facebook users worldwide.

  • FCA publish statement on Liability Driven Investment

    On 30 November 2022, the FCA published a statement made by the Pensions Regulator, the Central Bank of Ireland and the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier on the resilience of Liability Driven Investment (LDI) portfolios and the operational governance of pensions schemes using LDI strategies. The statement sets forth that, the FCA expects asset...

Featured documents

  • Food poisoning cases soar

    Nigel Gould, Health Correspondent, reports that cases of food poisoning have soared in Northern Ireland – despite a pledge by experts to significantly reduce incidents. New figures show a rise of some 400 cases on the overall figure for 2003. During 2004 there were a total of 1,666 incidents of...

  • But, is it Really Guinness?

    –Sharon Armstrong, Attorney It’s not even noon and I’ve already received e-mail forwards containing a fair share of leprechaun-themed tomfoolery, some of it quite enjoyable. And, as it does every year, the question of whether Guinness tastes better and/or different in Ireland than it does elsewhere ...

  • Entire line of Bio Gaudiano products withdrawn in wake of botulism-tainted olives problem

    The Food Safety Authority of Ireland announced the withdrawal of all products produced by Bio Gaudiano, the Italian company that manufactured and distributed botulism-tainted olives that have sickened several people, claiming the life of a woman from Helsinki, Finland.  Some of the recalled olives...

  • Northern Ireland’s Flicks Restaurant Implicated in E. coli Outbreaks

    The BBC reported Sunday morning that Northern Ireland’s Public Health Agency (PHA) is now confirming 90 cases – with another 179 probable – in what has already become Northern Ireland’s worst ever E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. In August, four confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 were identified among...

  • German Court Holds Presence of Irish Subsidiary Precludes Application of German Data Protection Law to Facebook

    In a decision with important implications not only for Facebook but potentially for many companies not primarily located in Europe but with European customers, on February 14 the Administrative Court (Verwaltungsgericht) for the German State Schleswig-Holstein decided that German data protection...

  • No “Lip Service” For Bowel Disease: A Scatological Case To Make Your Day

    Lately we have been consumed by urine; that is, we have written a lot about drug testing, urine testing, paruresis and the ADA.  Heady stuff. So now we feel it is time to turn 180 degrees and discuss a medical secretary who suffered “a debilitating and embarrassing bowel condition” and asked for an ...

  • European Commission Uses EU State Aid Rules Against Aggressive Tax Planning by Multinational Companies

    by Martina Maier and Philipp Werner (with contribution from Katharina Dietz) The European Commission (Commission) took the first concrete action towards using EU State aid rules against aggressive tax planning by multinational companies by opening formal investigations against Ireland (Apple),...

  • Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast – Interview with Rob Corbet

    Our guest today is Rob Corbet, a partner and head of the Technology & Innovation group in Arthur Cox, a large Irish law firm.  Ireland is a uniquely important jurisdiction for US companies dealing with data protection issue.  I ask whether Ireland’s role is going to become more or less powerful...

  • In the E.U., Where to Bring Suit When the Subject is Data and the Defendant is a U.S. Company? Hint: It’s About More Than Just Location

    When are U.S. social media companies subject to European data privacy laws? As we reported in 2013, the answer is often contingent on geographic location – where the relevant data is processed. In 2013, for example, a German court ruled that Facebook was not subject to German data protection laws...

  • Cyber Security – The Next Big Financial Shock

    “The next big financial shock will arise from a succession of cyber-attacks on financial services firms.” This is the case according to the Chairman of the International Organisation of Securities Commission as cited by the Central Bank of Ireland’s Deputy Governor, Cyril Roux, during a recent...

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