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Lidl Ireland Recall Warren & Sons Pâtés

Due to a labelling error, the supermarket chain Lidl Ireland are recalling the above shown/named Warren and Sons Pâtés.

The implicated products are stated to either have an incorrect use-by date of 25/12/2019 or have no use-by date printed on the products labels.

Point-of-sale recall notices will be displayed in Lidl Ireland stores which have sold the implicated products and recommend that these products be not consumed; instead that they be returned to any Lidl Ireland store for a full refund of purchase price.


Tipperary Apple Farmer Helps Kids Celebrate Halloween.

Mr Cornelius Traas, an Irish apple farmer, whose business operates from Moorstown, Cahir, Co Tipperary, will be giving away 6,000 apples to school children this year, to help them celebrate Halloween.

Over the last 20 years, Mr Traas has already given away well over 120,000 eating apples to Irish primary school children, a tradition which his parents first introduced. This year, children and their teachers in some 32 primary schools will collect apples, same representing around 200 children in each school together with their teachers.

The desire to grow fruit saw the Traas family initially move from the Netherlands to Ireland in the late 1960’s. Previous generations of the Traas family had been growing fruit in Holland, since the 1800’s, but it became difficult to find new land there for further fruit production.  Willem and Ali Traas then decided to pack a bag and make the move to Ireland. They choose farm land, between Cahir and Clonmel on the main Limerick-Waterford road.  For the first few years of their occupation, as well as establishing new apple and plum orchards, the family also grew tulips, dried peas, grain crops and strawberries.

Mr Traas himself recalls that when he was at school in Cahir in the 1970’s and 80’s, the apples grown by his parents were very popular with his classmates. From time to time he would bring a few extra to school, and swap them for sweets that were in the ownership of other children.

His parents used to send him and his brother into school with a box of apples to share with other students in other classes and this practise was continued every year right up until his Leaving Cert year.

Regrettably, less than 10% of apples eaten today here in Ireland are actually Irish apples.

Note:- The Apple Farm is not just about Apples only. From a shop within ‘The Apple Farm’ complex you can acquire Apple Juice and Apple Jelly; Strawberries (in season) and Strawberry jam; Raspberries (in season); Plums and Plum Jam; Pears; Cherries; Sparkling Juice; Real Irish Cider; Cider Vinegar and finally there is a spacious Camping & Caravan Park catering for up to sixty people per night, operating from May through to September.


Listeria monocytogenes Detected In Supermarket Spinach

Warning to pregnant women, unborn babies and people with underlying health issues.

Following the detection of Listeria monocytogenes in a batch of spinach leaves, a range of fresh unwashed spinach products are being recalled from leading supermarkets. Products identified with a code 260 or 261 are implicated. Retailers are advising customers to dispose of their packs. Wholesale unwashed spinach products distributed to caterers are also thought to be implicated.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) state that the recall also includes bags of spinach leaves and mixed leaves containing spinach.

The products were found to be on sale in Aldi, Dunnes, Tesco, Lidl, and Supervalu. Listeria can cause flu-like symptoms and is particularly dangerous to pregnant women, unborn babies and people with underlying health issues. The spinach was being distributed through stores under different brand names, e.g. Oaklands; McCormack; Egan’s, and Dunnes Stores, in 75g, 100g, 250g, 500g and 1kg packs.

These products all have best before dates ranging from 22nd-26th of September 2018.


Thurles Order of Malta – Anniversary Reunion Gala Dinner

Order of Malta Ambulance Corps Thurles are issuing an invitation to all of their former members to attend this year’s Anniversary Reunion Gala Dinner.

Mr Gerard Fogarty, (Deputy Officer in charge – Thurles Unit)  sends us the following report.

Celebrating 70 years, and 50 years of the Cadet Corps in Thurles, we are cordially inviting members, past members and friends to join our Gala Dinner Dance Reunion on Saturday 13th October, 2018 in the Anner Hotel, Dublin Road, Thurles.
Drinks Reception at 7.00 p.m., followed by a four-course meal and music by ‘Small Fish’ until late.

Guest of Honour for the evening will be the National Director of the Ambulance Corps, Commander John Wright K.M.

A special concession ‘Bed & Breakfast’  rate can be obtained from the Anner Hotel, by telephoning (0504) 21799.

Tickets are also available by telephoning: 087 2390 111, or by E-mail: thurles@orderofmalta.ie, or from the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps, Training Centre, situated at Boheravoroon, Thurles, Wednesday’s at 8.00 p.m.


Irish Food Products Recalled

According to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s website; Glanbia have recalled a number of products from their Avonmore fresh soup range. The recall is due to the possible presence of small pieces of blue plastic in the product.

The possible affected Soup brands affected carry the best before dates October 5th 2018 and October 8th, 2018.

Warning notices to customers have been posted notably in the Stores of Tesco and Dunnes.

The Avonmore products recalled include 400g units of Low Fat Med Veg, Button Mushroom, Potato & Leek, Tomato & Basil, Winter Veg with Creme Fraiche, Mixed Veg, Cream of Chicken and Chicken & Veg, as well as the 700g Farmer’s Choice Mix Veg and 1 kilogram Chicken and Veg; while a ‘Closure Order’ has been served on Baby Pure Water Ltd. Products affected are Pure Water and Baby Pure Water; all pack sizes.

Recall of Pure Water and Baby Pure Water.
Meanwhile, products manufactured by Baby Pure Water Ltd. operating at Ardbraccan, Navan, Co. Meath are also the subject of a recall. Same is owing to insufficient controls at the companies production site.

A Closure Order, under S.I. No. 117/2010 EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulation 2010, was served on the food business operator, by the Health Service Executive (HSE) at their Ardbraccan, Navan, Co. Meath site, for non-compliances under food legislation.

A Prohibition Order was also issued by the HSE in respect of all bottled water produced to date by Baby Pure Ltd.

In all cases customers are requested to check, and where appropriate, to return these products to the store where they were previously purchased.