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FSAI Serve Closure Order On Tipperary Chinese Restaurant

According to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, a Chinese Restaurant in Tipperary was one of eight Closure Orders served on food businesses during the month of July 2019. All orders were for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.

An inspector visiting Tang City, Kickham Street, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary was concerned by several practises within the outlet, including a chicken carcass, ribs and chicken balls, latter found in a thawing-out state in a walk-in freezer unit. The inspector stated in his report that “This unit was not operating correctly and not fit for purpose”.

Some of the reasons for the eight Enforcement Orders in July.

Temperature and cleaning records being filled out in advance with non-factual details; evidence of fly infestation in a kitchen; a lack of evidence of staff having being trained in food safety procedures; a bag of frozen breaded chicken was thawing at room temperature; evidence of a cockroach infestation; a bird observed flying out of a kitchen through the back door; no hot water in the wash hand basin in the food worker sanitary accommodation; cleaning throughout a butchery area on surfaces and equipment was poor.

Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI has criticised those businesses who are failing to keep accurate records, as well as failing to train staff adequately in food safety procedures.

Dr Byrne stated, “It is extremely disturbing that a food business would fill out their records in advance with completely non-factual information. This behaviour demonstrates a reckless attitude to food safety and a disregard for the health of their customers. During the month of July, food inspectors detected numerous serious breaches of food safety legislation. It is completely unacceptable that workers in some food businesses are unable to demonstrate adequate food hygiene knowledge and skills. Some food businesses are failing to provide high food safety standards in their premises and among their staff. These failures have the potential to cause a serious risk to consumer health, which has been identified in this month’s enforcements. Food businesses must act responsibly to prevent these serious breaches of food legislation.”

Details of the food businesses served with Enforcement Orders are published here on the FSAI’s website. Closure Orders and Improvement Orders will remain listed on the website for a period of three months from the date of when a premises is adjudged to have corrected its food safety issue, with Prohibition Orders being listed for a period of one month.

Others premises served with Closure Orders were in Dublin, Kilkenny, Limerick, Carlow and Kildare.


Arsenic Found Above Prescribed Legal Limit In Bottled Water

Consumers Beware – Danger

Retailers are being requested by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) to remove implicated batches of own brand bottled water from sale and display, in stores and food outlets including Aldi, Applegreen, Broderick, Dunnes Stores, Itica, Lidl, Londis, Mace, Macari, San Marino, Plane and Spar.

Arsenic (chemical symbol As), a heavy metal, has been detected at levels above the prescribed legal limit in several branded ‘still’ and ‘sparkling’ bottled waters. Point-of-sale notices will now be displayed in stores, which were supplied with these implicated batches.

Users are being asked to please refer to the table supplied HERE, for full details of the implicated consignments.

Last week, it was bottled water from Spar and Londis outlets only, that were affected. Arsenic has no smell, taste, or colour when dissolved in water, even in high concentrations, so only laboratory analysis can truly detect its presence and concentration.

Consumers have been strongly advised not to drink bottled water and to seek medical advice immediately if they feel unwell.

Arsenic can enter any water supply from natural deposits in the earth or from industrial and agricultural pollution. It is widely believed that naturally occurring arsenic dissolves out of certain rock formations; particularly when ground water levels drop significantly.

Why is Arsenic, in high levels, is now appearing on our supermarket shelves? We now wait for further clarification and explanation and maybe Irish Water can give us some answers.


Beef Plan Protester Struck By Vehicle At Tipperary Factory.

Leinster House

As the Beef Plan Movement progress their protest plans outside various beef plants around Ireland; yesterday the Tipperary Chairman of the movement, Mr Joe Trehy, was removed to hospital following an incident outside an ABP Food Group factory, at Kilcommon More (North), Cahir, in Co. Tipperary.

Mr Trehy was hospitalized having been hit by a Jeep and trailer, latter trying to enter the meat factory, where a peaceful protest by Beef Plan Movement members and farmers had been taking place, since Monday last. Mr Trehy, who complained of back and neck injuries, is understood today to be recovering satisfactorily.

The Beef Plan Movement and farmers speak of frustration and aggression after, over two weeks on from their Beef Plan’s protest outside parliament buildings at Leinster House in Dublin, the group state that there has been absolutely no correspondence from the Agriculture Minister Mr Michael Creed TD; his assistant Mr Andrew Doyle TD or any Department official.


National Stop Food Waste Week Begins Today

The EPA are leading a National Stop Food Waste Week campaign to highlight issues and raise awareness on food waste, beginning today Wednesday June 12th until Wednesday June 19th 2019 inclusive. 

Globally, one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption is lost or wasted and every year people in Ireland waste over one million tonnes of food. The campaign aims to motivate people across Ireland to make real changes in how they use the food they buy.

Laura Burke, (Director General, EPA) said,“It takes a lot of resources to put food on our tables. Growing, processing, transport and storage all use massive amounts of energy and water, along with packaging, fertilisers and machinery. This activity generates greenhouses gases which drive climate change, so it is important that we value and carefully use the food we produce.”

“Many of us would like to take action on climate change, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Reducing food waste contributes to lowering our carbon footprint, and we can achieve this through some surprisingly simple actions.”

The four key steps people can take to Stop Food Waste are:-
(1.) Know your food waste: Make a list of what you throw out over the next week, this will give you a better understanding where your habits produce waste so you know what to target for improvement.

(2.) Planning and Shopping: Smarter shopping ensures that you don’t waste hard-earned money on food that goes in the bin. Plan your meals (including lunches at work), check the cupboards and fridge before you go, and use a shopping list.Cooking and Storing: Store food properly to make the most of what you have bought to keep food fresher for longer. The Stop Food Waste ‘A-Z of food’ contains tips and advice on how to store and cook various food types. Using leftovers for lunch not only helps reduce food waste, it will also save you money.

(3.) Cooking and Storing: Store food properly to make the most of what you have bought to keep food fresher for longer. The Stop Food Waste ‘A-Z of food’ contains tips and advice on how to store and cook various food types. Using leftovers for lunch not only helps reduce food waste, it will also save you money.

(4.) Bin it better: Use the brown bin (or try home-composting) for the unavoidable food waste you do generate. A recent national study showed that almost 50% of household organic waste is still being disposed of in the “wrong bins”, i.e. recycling or black bin.

Odile Le Bolloch, (EPA Stop Food Waste Manager), spoke about the National Stop Food Waste Week campaign: “Each day during Stop Food Waste week we will be sharing information and resources to help people to Stop Food Waste at work and at home. Our online campaign provides practical tips to help us all reduce waste and make the most of our food. We are also running our new workplace training programme with guidance on tackling food waste both at work and at home.”

Information on stopping food waste at home can be found at www.stopfoodwaste.ie.

For Stop Food Waste week, because the food people buy is not just consumed at home, the EPA are encouraging businesses and employees to target food waste at work.

Stop Food Waste’s top tips to reduce food waste in the workplace are:-
(A) Have sharing shelves in the canteen and fridge and let everyone know that food left there is fair game.
(B) Events with catering often produce large amounts of food waste. Try a slight under-order; and share any leftovers with colleagues.
(C)Store unused food properly for future use, and don’t leave food forgotten in the fridge over the weekend.

To take part in raising awareness, the EPA are inviting businesses around Ireland to sign-up as supporters of Stop Food Waste week and receive posters, daily tips and a chance to win free Stop Food Waste workplace training.

Businesses can sign up on the website: https://stopfoodwaste.ie/stop-food-waste-week/


Irish Cheese Alert Notification

Irish cheese manufacturer ‘Corleggy  Cheeses‘ who make a selection of handmade Artisan cheese in Co. Cavan, have had their ‘Cavanbert’ (Not to be confused with French Camembert cheese) and ‘Drumlin’ raw cow’s milk cheeses recalled from all retail shops by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).

The FSAI report that the recalled products were made with milk from a herd in which animals tested positive for Tuberculosis (TB).

Mycobacterium bovis causes TB in cattle and any consumption of contaminated dairy products can also cause TB in humans.

No other ‘Corleggy Cheese’ products are understood to be implicated.

Cavanbert Cheese and Drumlin Cheese, with best before dates after 14/2/19 and 13/3/19 respectively, are not subject to this recall.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail