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Press Releases

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



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.

21% Decrease in Food Safety Enforcement Orders in 2014
Thursday, 8 January 2015

A total of 113 Enforcement Orders were served on food businesses for breaches in food safety legislation in 2014, compared with 144 in 2013, a decrease of 21%. Whilst welcoming the reduction in numbers of Enforcement Orders needing to be served, the FSAI noted that 2014 still had the second highest number served on food businesses.