Press Releases Archive

Counterfeit Smirnoff Vodka Identified
Wednesday, 18 December 2013

The FSAI has identified a small quantity of counterfeit Smirnoff vodka (1litre bottles) on the Irish market.  The FSAI is advising consumers and food businesses to be vigilant when purchasing this product and if they have any doubt about its authenticity not to purchase or consume it.  

FSAI to Host a Free 'Small Food Business Start-Up' Seminar
Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Despite the economic downturn, there has been a 5% increase in the number of food businesses established in Ireland over the last five years, currently standing at over 46,000. Queries to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s (FSAI) advice line service suggest a strong level of interest among people pursuing new food business ideas with 1,278 business start-up queries over the past 12 months – the majority of these coming from people wishing to start a food business from home.

Warning on Food Supplements Linked to Liver Disorders
Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Consumers are being warned today not to take a number of food supplements that can pose serious health risks and that have been identified for sale in the Irish retail sector and through online sources. The FSAI and the Irish Medicines Board jointly stated that four products: OxyELITE Pro Super Thermo capsules; OxyELITE Pro Ultra-Intense Thermo capsules; OxyELITE Pro Super Thermo powder and VERSA-1 should not be purchased or taken by consumers.

Who Is Responsible For What We Eat?
Thursday, 17 October 2013

The FSAI' Food Safety Consultative Council today hosted an open meeting to discuss the topic of who controls what Irish citizens eat. The open meeting, entitled ‘Who is responsible for what we eat?’ provided an opportunity to debate the various influences on consumers’ food consumption behaviours and food choices, whilst also giving the general public an opportunity to see the workings of the Food Safety Consultative Council.

FSAI Advises Against Any Further Folic Acid Food Fortification
Monday, 9 September 2013

Currently, there would be no additional benefits for mandatory folic acid fortification of bread in Ireland, an International Conference on Homocysteine at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) heard today. The FSAI who co-hosted with TCD, a special session on the issues and controversies involved in Folic Acid Food Fortification stated its blood monitoring of the Irish population indicates that folic acid intake from fortified foods and supplements remains high.

Food Safety Authority Reiterates Need to Boil Imported Frozen Berries
Sunday, 8 September 2013

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reiterated its advice to consumers to boil all imported frozen berries for at least one minute prior to consumption as it continues its investigation into a food poisoning outbreak of hepatitis A virus. The outbreak is associated with the consumption of imported frozen berries and to-date, 15 primary cases in Ireland have been identified.

Consumers Change Purchasing Habits in Light of Horse Meat Issue
Monday, 29 July 2013

New research published into the impact of the horse meat contamination issue on Irish consumer confidence and trust in the food they purchase. The survey reveals significant changes in consumers’ purchasing habits with over half (51%) of people who purchased frozen burgers in the past now buying less of these products (48% buy the same amount).

Outbreak of Hepatitis A Virus Linked to Imported Frozen Berries
Friday, 19 July 2013

Investigation underway into a food poisoning outbreak of Hepatitis A virus associated with the consumption of imported frozen berries. As a precautionary measure, the FSAI is advising consumers to boil all imported frozen berries for at least one minute prior to eating.

Changes to Food and Feed Regulations Proposed by Commission
Monday, 1 July 2013

New consultation calling on interested parties to express their views and opinions on draft EU proposals to change the regulations governing all official controls across the food and agriculture sectors. The draft regulations aim to strengthen the enforcement of health and safety standards and potentially affect all food businesses and those involved in the production, manufacture, supply and regulation of food, feed, live animals, plants and plant reproductive material.

Salt Content in Processsed Food Reduced, but Consumption of Salt Remains High
Tuesday, 28 May 2013

30% of salt intake added by consumers.  A Salt Reduction Programme seminar, hosted by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), today outlined the actions that must continue to be undertaken to drive further salt reductions in processed food and the nation’s diet.

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