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Free Small Food Business Start-Up Seminar for Athlone
Monday, 13 April 2015

The FSAI is holding a free ‘Small Food Business Start-Up’ seminar from 8am to 1pm on Tuesday 21st April at the Hodson Bay Hotel,Roscommon Road, Athlone to assist those working in small food businesses and those thinking of setting up a food business. The free, half day event brings together a range of experts to explore the requirements needed for businesses to get off the ground and to comply with all the relevant food safety legislation.

Two Enforcement Orders Served on Food Businesses in March
Thursday, 9 April 2015

One Closure Order 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.The Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Free Small Food Business Start-Up Seminar for Waterford
Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The FSAI is holding a free ‘Small Food Business Start-Up’ seminar in Waterford to assist those working in small food businesses and those thinking of setting up a food business. The event takes place from 08:00am to 13:00pm on Tuesday 24th March at The Tower Hotel, The Mall, Waterford.  Booking is advised and further information is available at www.fsai.ie/events.

Raw Milk Found to Contain Harmful Bacteria
Tuesday, 10 March 2015

FSAI survey shows that raw milk can contain harmful bacteria and therefore, the consumption of raw (unpasteurised) milk increases the risk of developing foodborne illness.  The FSAI continues to recommend that the sale of raw milk for direct human consumption should be prohibited in Ireland and advises that the most effective way to protect public health is to ensure that all milk is effectively heat-treated (e.g. pasteurised or boiled), especially when served to infants, children, pregnant women, older people and those with a weakened immune system or those suffering from a chronic disease.

Six Enforcement Orders Served on Food Businesses in February
Friday, 6 March 2015

Five Closure Orders and one Prohibition Order 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.  The five Closure Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Prohibition Order was issued by local authority veterinary inspectors in Louth County Council.

FSAI Advice Line Received 14,348 Queries and Complaints in 2014
Monday, 9 February 2015

The number of queries handled by the FSAI's Advice Line increased by 8% in 2014, as compared with the previous year.  Of the 14,348 queries and complaints, 2,738 related to complaints by consumers about food and food premises, while 11,604 included requests for advice from food businesses across a range of food related areas.

Ten Enforcement Orders Served on Food Businesses in January
Thursday, 5 February 2015

Nine 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. Nine of the Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE) and one by local authority veterinary inspectors in Mayo County Council.

FSAI Advises on Need to Control Campylobacter Contamination in Poultry
Wednesday, 28 January 2015

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today stated that campylobacteriosis continues to be the most commonly reported foodborne illness in Ireland with 10 times more cases of campylobacteriosis being reported than salmonellosis.  Some 2,288 cases of food poisoning due to Campylobacter were recorded in 2013, compared to over 2,600 in 2014.*

Free Small Food Business Start Up Seminar for Dublin
Thursday, 15 January 2015

The FSAI is holding a free ‘Small Food Business Start-Up Seminar’ to assist those working in small food businesses or those who are thinking of setting up a food business. The half-day seminar brings together experts from the FSAI and the Health Service Executive to provide assistance and advice on compliance with food safety legislation.  The event takes place from 08:00am to 13:00pm on Wednesday, 28th January at Crowne Plaza Northwood, Northwood Park, Santry, Dublin 9.  Booking is advised and further information is available at www.fsai.ie/events

 

 

Risks Associated with Drinking Raw Milk Confirmed at European Level
Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The FSAI reiterates its long-standing recommendation to consumers not to drink raw milk given the potential risks involved.  The FSAI notes that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) today published an expert opinion that drinking raw milk can pose health risks to consumers and in some cases result in serious illness.  For some years, the FSAI has strongly recommended that all milk consumed or sold for direct human consumption in Ireland should be pasteurised.