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  • Irish authorities shutter unregistered sushi operations run from bedroom

    Three sushi firms operating from the bedroom of a house in Ireland have been closed down by authorities. The unregistered online sushi takeaway restaurants were run from the home with breaches of legislation, food safety controls and recordkeeping and the absence of safe practices when handling raw fish and cooked rice. The Food Safety Authority...

  • FSAI reviews 2019 work on food safety and fraud

    The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has reviewed the main activities of this past year which marked the agency’s 20th anniversary. The annual report covers enforcement, inspections, sampling, recalls, Brexit, and food fraud. FSAI also launched the authority’s 2019 to 2023 strategy and held a conference, “The Science of Food Safety – What’s our...

  • Irish survey finds good compliance for dried herbs and spices

    A survey in Ireland has found the majority of dried herbs and spices are safe but a small percentage may be contaminated with pathogens. Between August and the end of November 2017, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), Environmental Health Service and Official Food Microbiology Laboratory Group of the Health Service Executive (HSE) investigated...

  • Authorities issue warnings about toxins in shellfish

    Authorities in Ireland and New Zealand have issued warnings about consumption of collected shellfish in the past week. The Marine Institute in Ireland detected amounts of naturally occurring compounds in shellfish that can cause illness in consumers. Increased levels have been found in recent weeks during a routine nationwide shellfish monitoring program along the South...

  • FSA survey reveals people eating food past use-by dates

    Half of people worried about food affordability have eaten cooked meats and bagged salad past their use by dates, according to a Food Standards Agency survey monitoring behavior during the coronavirus pandemic. The monthly tracker looked at attitudes, experience and behaviors of consumers on food in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Further surveys are planned...

  • Firm shut down in Ireland for selling potentially unsafe meat

    Irish authorities have closed an unregistered business for selling meat judged to be unfit to eat. Jair Lopes Muniz of JLM Foods and JLM Family Butchers on Main Street Tyrrellspass, Westmeath, was served with a closure order in May. The small meat manufacturing plant was not registered or approved by authorities for operations taking place,...

  • Irish agencies repeat don’t wash raw chicken message

    The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has used the backdrop of World Food Safety Day to remind people never to wash raw chicken. FSAI and  Safe Food, a group that promotes awareness and knowledge of food safety and nutrition on the island of Ireland, said washing raw chicken can spread food poisoning bacteria up...

  • Survey finds 4 in 10 wash turkey before cooking despite danger

    Almost half of people surveyed still wash their turkeys before cooking despite this practice being against food safety advice. Based on research in Ireland commissioned by the safefood organization, 43 percent of people wash turkey before cooking, which can spread food poisoning germs around kitchen surfaces, utensils, hands, and ready-to-eat foods. Even the smallest drop...

  • ECDC report recognizes role of public in outbreak response

    A European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control project has recognized the important role of the community in public health emergency preparedness and response. The report presents findings of a case study into outbreaks of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) at childcare facilities in Ireland. It found affected communities are key in public health emergencies...

  • Irish norovirus outbreak traced to leisure center

    An outbreak of norovirus in Ireland last month has been linked to eating food at a leisure facility. The source of some infections were foodborne while others were due to person to person transmission. Data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) showed illness from noroviral infection in the Dublin East region. The HPSC is...

  • Figures show decline in sampling and food standards controls

    The number of official samples taken and food standards controls in England, Wales and Northern Ireland has declined from last year, according to statistics published by the Food Standards Agency. Figures cover food law enforcement by local authorities across these three countries for the year ending March 2019. They are provided by local authorities and...

  • Hepatitis E infections up; Irish warning cites pork as contributor

    The Health Protection Surveillance Center in Ireland has issued a warning about hepatitis E and undercooked pork following an increase in the number of people infected during summer and autumn this past year. The agency reported a small increase in clinical notifications during the summer and autumn periods in 2018. Health Protection Surveillance Center (HPSC)...

  • Outbreak in Ireland tied to Romanian pork; other countries report illnesses

    Eight people are part of a Salmonella outbreak in Ireland linked to pork from Romania. Five of them were admitted to hospitals. Infected people also have been identified in other countries. One person was sickened by Salmonella Bredeney in August 2018. The other seven people fell ill between May 4 and June 3, this year. Those...

  • It’s not that far away: FSAI looks ahead to food safety system of 2030

    The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has asked for input on a potential event covering what the food safety system needs to look like by 2030. The agency wants to bring together academicians, regulators and other stakeholders to help identify and define what food safety research and other investments are required to underpin a safe...

  • FSAI warns of virus risk in imported frozen berry supply chain

    The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has reiterated advice to boil imported frozen berries before eating following multiple alerts across Europe for Hepatitis A and norovirus.  The agency recommends boiling them for one minute prior to consumption, which will destroy viruses if they are present.   FSAI said there remains an ongoing risk in the...

  • USDA gives gives green light to raw pork from Northern Ireland

    Northern Ireland’s raw pork exports to the United States may continue after a favorable on-site audit of that country’s meat inspection system by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). FSIS let Northern Ireland’s Chief Veterinarian Robert Huey know the draft final report of the audit was available by letter on Jan. 3, 2018 and...

  • Irish raw milk cheese recalled around world because of Listeria

    A Listeria related recall in mid-October of organic, raw milk cheddar cheese announced by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland has made it half way around the world, with authorities in Hong Kong posting a recall this week of the cheese sold under the brand of The Little Milk Co. No such announcements have yet...

  • Northern Ireland’s FSA opens comment period on novel foods

    Comments, that began on April 4, 2017 and continue to June 27, 2017, are being taken by the Food Standards Agency for Northern Ireland about enforcement of novel foods by food businesses. The agency says its aim is to ensure effective, consistent and proportionate enforcement of the new novel foods regulations, known as (EU) 2015/2283....

  • Irish food businesses hit with closure orders for violations

    Ten closure orders and one prohibition order were served last month on Irish food businesses, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). The actions were taken for breaches of the FSAI Act of 1998 and the European Commission’s  Official Control of Foodstuffs Regulations of 2010. The enforcement orders were issued by environmental health...

  • Irish get diet-check from Food Safety Authority of Ireland

    Just ahead of St. Patrick’s Day last week, the Irish learned their diets are not putting them at risk from chemicals. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) on March 15 published the results of a Total Diet Study carried out to assess the dietary exposure of the Irish population to a number of chemicals...

  • Complaints about poor food hygiene up 14 percent in Ireland

    How often during the course of last year did the 5 million people of Ireland lodge complaints related to their food?  The Food Safety Authority of Ireland is out with a report on its Advice Line for 2015 that provides some answers. The FSA of Ireland took 2,739 complaints by consumers relating to food, food...

  • Ireland’s Food Safety Authority Reports Fewer Enforcement Actions

    The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) reports a 6 percent decline in enforcement orders served on Irish businesses in 2015 when compared to the previous year. FSAI said it welcomes the reduction in numbers of Enforcement Orders needing to be served, but re-emphasized that the legal onus is on food businesses to act responsibly...

  • Food Safety Authority of Ireland Warns Consumers to Avoid Raw Milk

    The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) is continuing to recommend a ban on raw milk sales in that country after the agency’s sampling program found harmful bacterial contamination. Between June 2012 and June 2013, FSAI tested 600 samples of unpasteurized, or raw, milk and in-line raw milk filters, which are filters in the pipeline from...

  • 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 retail shops and has use-by dates between 19/12/2013 and 08/01/2014. Batch codes FN47700...

  • 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 supplier were trying...

  • 290 E. coli cases from Flicks in Belfast, Northern Ireland

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Environmental Health Officers from Belfast City Council are continuing to investigate an outbreak of Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157 linked to Flicks restaurant in Cityside Mall, 100-150 York Street, Belfast. As of 3pm on Wednesday 24 October 2012, there were 124 confirmed cases and 166 probable cases. The increase...

  • 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 customers who had eaten in Flicks.  It...

  • So, who did not cook their Salmonella Tuna Scape?

    I know, you thought it was sushi. Hat tip to Dr. Marion Nestle of New York University and Alan Reilly of Food Safety Authority of Ireland for noticing what was right before our eyes: Who would have known that you were supposed to cook Tuna Scape before you ate it?  Perhaps the grocery stores and...

  • 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 were distributed to companies in the United States, including to distributors...

  • Risk of Salmonella Transmission to Infants in Grocery Carts

    A study conduced in Ireland suggests a risk of transmission of Salmonella to children under one year of age while riding in grocery carts (although they are apparently grocery “trolleys” there.)  The Independent reported on a study, noting that between 20-40 cases of Salmonella are reported in Ireland each year in children of that age. The...

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