Updates

COVID-19 and Food Safety

By: Roisin Keane  Date: March 26, 2020

The FSAI have posted the below advice in relation to COVID-19 and Food Safety   Can COVID-19 be passed on through food?  There is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is passed on through food. The main risk of transmission is from close contact with infected people. The advice to food businesses and consumers is to maintain […]

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February Enforcement Orders

By: Roisin Keane  Date: March 10, 2020

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

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GFSI Conference 2020 – coronavirus, sustainability and technology

By: Roisin Keane  Date: March 6, 2020

SEATTLE — When it came to panels at the Global Food Safety Initiative conference there were plenty of questions about the coronavirus, and how it will impact food safety. However, there were few answers. The CEOs of the various companies and food safety experts said they are in a “wait and see” mode. When asked […]

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UK estimates show food poisoning twice as common as thought

By: Roisin Keane  Date: March 5, 2020

The estimated number of foodborne illnesses in the United Kingdom each year has more than doubled. A scientific review by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) found around 2.4 million cases occur every year. This is up from the 2009 estimate of 1 million. The FSA said the figures do not indicate an increase in total […]

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GFSI Conference 2020 is 20th anniversary of international group

By: Roisin Keane  Date: March 5, 2020

Over 1,200 food industry leaders from 50+ countries attend the global GFSI Conference, which has become the meeting place for decision-makers from across the supply chain and around the world, from the private and public sectors alike. Participants share knowledge, strengthen their networks, showcase their learnings and do business. The GFSI Conference stage features a […]

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FSAI Issued a Total of 107 Food Alerts and Food Allergen Alerts in 2019

By: Roisin Keane  Date: March 5, 2020

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today published the number and breakdown of food alerts and food allergen alerts issued in 2019. Last year, 55 food alerts and 52 food allergen alerts were issued, as compared to 56 and 46, respectively in 2018. Food alerts are notifications issued by the FSAI relating to an […]

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FSAI Advice Line Received 3,460 Food Complaints in 2019

By: Roisin Keane  Date: February 25, 2020

Over 3,460 consumer complaints were handled by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s (FSAI) Advice Line in 2019, with over half of those relating to complaints of unfit food and poor hygiene standards. Overall, the 2019 complaints saw a marginal increase on the 3,424 complaints reported in 2018, with the number of reports relating to […]

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New Survey Shows Allergen Contamination of Food

By: Roisin Keane  Date: February 21, 2020

European legislation requiring the labelling of allergens in food has been in place since 2011. Yet a recent survey undertaken by Suffolk Trading Standards in the UK indicates that many restaurants, delicatessens and take aways continue to mislabel or misinform the consumers.  The survey found that a staggering 25% of foods sampled for the survey […]

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