Shellfish Warning for Food Businesses
Thursday, 9 July 2015
The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) together with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), today reminded food businesses, in particular in Cork city and surrounding areas, to only purchase live bivalve molluscs (LBM), such as mussels, from suppliers that are approved by the SFPA to place live shellfish on the market for human consumption. This advice follows the seizure by SFPA Sea-Fisheries Protection Officers of five tonnes of mussels which had been harvested illegally in the East Ferry area of Cork Harbour. This area is currently closed (since 23rd June 2015) for the harvesting of mussels due to the presence of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins, which can cause serious illness.
Suspected case of BSE
Thursday, 11 June 2015
The FSAI is aware of the statement issued by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in relation to the identification of a suspected BSE case in County Louth.
Concern Over Illegal Use and Disposal of Catering Waste
Wednesday, 11 March 2015
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is concerned that there may be illegal use and disposal of catering waste (swill). The feeding of food waste to animals can cause disease and it is an offence to supply food waste outside of the correct disposal channels.
Update on Undeclared Almond and Peanut in Spices and Spice Mix Products
Friday, 20 February 2015
In February 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration issued advice to consumers who are allergic to peanuts to consider avoiding products that contain ground cumin or cumin powder because some shipments to the USA of these products tested positive for peanut protein which was not declared on the product label.
No consumer health risk from bisphenol A exposure
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
A comprehensive re-evaluation of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure and toxicity, carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), concludes that BPA poses no health risk to consumers at current exposure levels.