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Taoiseach Brian Cowen TD Commends Recipients of Meat Hygiene Certificates

teagasc-awardsCertificates in Meat Hygiene were presented to food technical staff of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food at a ceremony attended by An Taoiseach Brian Cowen TD on Saturday, 25 April last.

The graduates completed nine modular courses at certificate level at Teagasc Ashtown Food Research Centre over the last number of years and were awarded FETAC certificates in Meat Hygiene.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle stated:

“The safety of Ireland’s food supply is paramount, not only for the consumer and to protect public health, but also for the sustainability of the food industry. The 250 officers  who receive their Certificates in Meat Hygiene today play an important role in ensuring the safety of our food chain.

Martin Long, Thurles, County Tipperary received a special ‘Theoretical Examination’ award

The course at Teagasc Ashtown Food Research Centre provided over 600 hours of training to technical staff of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to the standards of the EU Directive 91/497/EEC. It covered both the theoretical and practical aspects of meat hygiene. Course modules covered included: animal welfare, anatomy and physiology, basic pathology and disease, and food borne illnesses.

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