Press Releases Archive

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.

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.

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.

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