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Press Releases

New Online MenuCal Resource to Help Put Calories on Menus
Wednesday, 9 April 2014

The FSAI's new online calorie calculator 'MenuCal' is now available to Ireland’s 22,000 food service businesses free-of-charge to enable them to calculate the calorie values in the food they sell and serve to customers.

Eight Enforcement Orders Served on Food Businesses in March
Thursday, 3 April 2014

Seven Closure Orders and one Prohibition Order were served on food businesses during the month of March for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010. The seven Closure Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive and the one Prohibition Order by sea-fisheries protection officers in the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority.

National Consultation on the Use of Food Marketing Terms Opens
Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today announced a public consultation on the use of food marketing terms in Ireland. The consultation is based on a draft code of practice aimed at protecting the integrity of certain marketing terms on food and thereby protecting the interests of consumers and the small food industry. All interested parties including consumers, regulators and the food industry are urged to visit http://www.fsai.ie/consultations/ to communicate their views.
 

Shellfish De La Mer Recalls Batches of Frozen Cooked Irish Mussel Meats
Thursday, 13 March 2014

A product recall is being undertaken of specific batches of Shellfish De La Mer Ltd frozen Irish cooked mussel meats. The recall is underway due to implicated batches of this product being linked to reports of illnesses associated with diarrhetic shellfish poisoning.  The FSAI is warning consumers who may have the product at home not to eat the affected batches.
 

Fourteen Enforcement Orders Served on Food Businesses in February
Thursday, 6 March 2014

Ten Closure Orders and four Prohibition Orders were served on food businesses during the month of February for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010. Thirteen of the Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive and one by local authority veterinary inspectors in Galway County Council.
 

12.5% Increase in Food Complaints to FSAI Advice Line in 2013
Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The number of queries and food-related complaints handled by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s Advice Line increased significantly in 2013 compared with the previous year. Of the 13,269 queries and complaints, 2,846 related specifically to complaints by consumers about food and food premises (up 12.5% on 2012), while 10,429 involved requests for advice across a range of food-related areas (up 9% on 2012).

Seven Enforcement Orders Served on Food Businesses in January
Thursday, 6 February 2014

Six Closure Orders and one Prohibition Order were served on food businesses during the month of January for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.

31% Increase in Food Safety Enforcement Orders in 2013
Tuesday, 7 January 2014

There were a total of 143 Enforcement Orders served for breaches in food safety legislation in 2013 compared with 109 in 2012, an increase of 31% - making last year the highest to date for the number of Enforcement Orders issued.  During the month of December 2013, eleven Closure Orders were served on food businesses for breaches in food safety legislation pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010. Ten of the Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive and one by the local authority veterinary inspector in Monaghan County Council.