Updates

Report into international foodborne disease rates published

By: Roisin Keane  Date: August 4, 2020

A report published by the FSA has found it is not possible to compare foodborne disease rates effectively between countries. This is due to the hugely different methodologies and recording systems employed. Researchers compared the ways different countries estimate how many people suffer from food poisoning each year, in an effort to determine whether these […]

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Food and drink worth $40 million seized in Operation Opson

By: Roisin Keane  Date: August 4, 2020

More than $40 million worth of potentially dangerous food and drink has been seized in an operation coordinated by Europol and Interpol. Operation Opson IX dismantled 19 organized crime groups and led to the arrest of 407 people worldwide. About 12,000 tons of illegal and harmful products were confiscated but results were at least partially […]

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Experts share regional and global COVID-19 insight

By: Roisin Keane  Date: August 4, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic is more of a food security and trade problem than a food safety issue, according to experts. The “COVID-19 & Food Safety Global Summit” was organized by the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). David Tharp, executive director of IAFP, and Bill Marler, managing partner at Marler Clark LLP PS, welcomed attendees […]

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Qualitative Risk Assessment on the Development of COVID-19 illness from the Consumption of Bivalve Molluscs

By: Roisin Keane  Date: July 9, 2020

Covid-19 is primarily a respiratory illness, but the virus causing the illness may also be present in the faeces of infected people and therefore wastewater. Bivalve molluscs are marine organisms captured or cultivated for food purposes; whose natural feeding behaviour create particular risks of accumulation of human faecal viruses present the aquatic environment. This qualitative […]

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FDA Study: Allergen Removal and Transfer Using Wiping and Cleaning Methods in Retail Food Establishments

By: Roisin Keane  Date: July 9, 2020

A recent study has been published that focuses on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s look at how existing recommendations for wiping and cleaning food-contact surfaces affect the presence of food allergens. According to FDA, existing recommendations for wiping and cleaning food-contact surfaces are mainly focused on preventing microorganisms, such as bacteria and viruses, […]

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June Enforcement Orders

By: Roisin Keane  Date: July 8, 2020

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that two Closure Orders were served on food businesses during the month of June for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998. The Closure Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE). Two Closure Orders were served […]

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Food fraud rise ‘inevitable’ because of COVID-19

By: Roisin Keane  Date: May 26, 2020

Food authenticity experts have said an increase in food fraud is inevitable because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Food Authenticity Network Advisory Board had a meeting earlier this month and, given the disruption to global supply chains caused by COVID-19 and the diminished level of surveillance, they reported they believe a rise in food fraud […]

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