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Tipperary Hotel Temporarily Closed Last Month By FSAI

fsaiThe Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) have reported that some twelve Closure Orders and two Prohibition Orders were served countrywide on food businesses during the month of September for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.

The Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive.

Five of these countrywide Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998, and included Kilcoran Lodge Hotel (excludes of sale and service of beverages at hotel bar), Kilcoran, Cahir, Co. Tipperary. This Closure Order was served on the 4th of September last; however the order was lifted again, to the satisfaction of environmental health officers, five days later on September 9th.

Commenting on the high number of closures last month, FSAI chief executive Prof Alan Reilly stated that some businesses were putting their customer’s health at risk by not complying with statutory legal obligations governing food safety and hygiene. “There are absolutely no excuses for negligent practices within the industry. The environmental health officers who inspect these food businesses continue to find unacceptable levels of non-compliance with food safety legislation,” he stated.

Food businesses seeking advice may contact the FSAI on Telephone 1890 336677 or visit the Food Safety Authority of Ireland website

Assets Of Tipperary Businessman Frozen

A British based business woman, Ms Yelene Aust, whose family and herself invested £3.3 million in an Irish based frozen yogurt business, has claimed that their joint investments have been misappropriated by a Tipperary based Company Director.

Ms Yelene Aust, a resident of Oxford, England, claims the money which she and her family invested in a Frozen Yogurt Business and its related Companies has been improperly used by Clonmel-based businessman Mr Michael English, to purchase other assets in his own name and in the names of other firms he now controls.

In a sworn statement to the High Court, Ms Aust has stated that finance within the businesses are missing and company monies were used by Mr English to purchase assets including a villa in Portugal.

The companies, which she alleges Mr English controls are; “My Frozen Yogurt Ltd”; “Yogen Fruz Ireland Ltd”;  “Thriving Brands Ltd” and “My Culture Sands Ltd.”   Freezing orders were sought over fears that any remaining value in these companies maybe dissipated.

Acting for Ms Aust, Barrister Mr Robert Beatty informed the court that his client now believes that she has been wrongly deprived of her investment by Mr English and she further believes that clear evidence of deception and fraud exists.

Ms Aust has now secured a temporary High Court order to freeze the assets of both Mr. English, latter with an address at Two Mile Bridge, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, and several companies of which both she herself and Mr English are registered directors and shareholders.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott granted her the temporary injunction freezing the assets of several Irish registered companies and Mr English from reducing, moving or dissipating their assets below a value of £2.4 million.  The defendant is also required to provide Ms Aust with a list containing details of all assets and bank accounts held within the state.

While Ms Aust became a shareholder and director of the company, her father also invested £2 million and her brother invested £400,000 in this business venture. Ms Aust has stated that Mr English was also due to invest £600,000, but had so far failed to comply.

A Taste of Lough Derg Tipperary

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A Taste of Lough Derg, Tipperary

Food producers and restaurant owners surrounding Lough Derg have joined forces in an effort to promote the region as a food tourism destination. ‘A Taste of Lough Derg 2014′, a pilot initiative for 2014, features 13 separate food events taking place in villages and towns along the shores of Lough Derg in counties Clare, Galway and Tipperary.

Commencing this week and continuing through mid-September, the series includes;  Sunday Picnic at the lake in Killaloe,  Butcher Masterclass in Terryglass, Farm Walk and Cheese Tasting in Portumna, BBQ Garden Party and talent show in Garrykennedy and Chocolate Making and Tasting in Tuamgraney and Newtown. The series will also highlights the excellent country and farmers markets around Lough Derg.

The initiative is one of the recommendations of the Roadmap for Lough Derg, which was launched in conjunction with the Lough Derg Marketing Strategy Group (LDMSG) and Fáilte Ireland in March 2014.  The strategy has identified a number of areas to focus on over the period of the plan in order to achieve the vision for Lough Derg which is to develop it as a key destination for superb water based activities combined with a range of very high quality walking, cycling, heritage, culture and food experiences that will entice the domestic and international visitors to stay longer.

 “One of our objectives early on was to establish an initiative that showcased the local food sector, something that has not previously been done in a coordinated fashion,” explained Joe MacGrath, Chairperson of the LDMSG.

He added: “The local food tourism sector is fortunate to be served by a number of high quality artisan food producers and established chef-led restaurants. ‘A Taste of Lough Derg’ brings these various elements together as a method of promoting Lough Derg as a destination for food and illustrating the food produce in the area. As well as being aimed at attracting new visitors to the region, we hope this series will also inform people in the surrounding area of the quality food providers and suppliers that exist on their own doorstep.”

The participating stakeholders from around Lough Derg include Brookfield Farm, Tuscany Bistro, The Derg Inn, Lough Derg Chocolates, Sunny Meadow Farm, Good and Green, The Wooden Spoon, Larkin’s Bar & Restaurant, Killeen Farmhouse Cheese, Irish Seed Savers, Wilde Irish Chocolates, and Paddy’s Bar & Riverrun House & Cottages.

Áine Mc Carthy, Tourism Marketing Coordinator for Lough Derg commented: “The development of a new food tourism initiative is one of the objectives of the Roadmap for Lough Derg which seeks to enhance the overall visitor experience around Lough Derg and to establish an identity that is unique to this region. We are delighted to partner with local businesses to develop this initiative and further enhance the Lakelands ‘Lough Derg’ experience.”

‘A Taste of Lough Derg’ includes ‘Walk, See & Taste’ on Sunny Meadow Farm with a BBQ and Killeen Cheese Tastings, Portumna (Sun 13th Jul); ‘Taste & Make’ at Wilde Irish Chocolates Real Working Chocolate Factory, Tuamgraney (Thu 17th Jul); Pizza Picnic, Riverrun House & Cottages (Sun 20th Jul); Chocolate Demonstration and Tastings, Lough Derg Chocolates, Newtown (Fri 25th Jul); Tuscany Bistro World Cup of Forrestal Wines & Feast of Local Produce, Ballina (Thu 31st Jul); Scariff Harbour Festival 2014 feat. cooking demo with Chef Adrian Martin (Sat 2nd Aug); Farm walk on Brookfield Farm All Ireland Permaculture Gathering feat. workshops, foraging, wild swimming, Coolbawn (8th-10th Aug); ‘Meet the Producer’ organised through Paddy’s Bar, Terryglass (Tue 12th Aug); ‘Making the most of it – 50+ foods from an Irish garden’ at Good and Green, Annacarriga (Fri 15th Aug); Larkin’s BBQ Garden Party & Talent Show, Garrykennedy (Sun 24th Aug); A Celebration of Tipperary Beef and Lamb feat. Master Butcher demo & craft beer tasting, The Derg Inn, Terryglass (Sat 6th Sept); ‘Apple Week’ at Irish Seed Savers, Scarriff (11th-14th Sept); and ‘Sunday Picnics at the Lake’ with The Wooden Spoon Killaloe (Sun 14th Sept).

A nominal charge applies to some events while others are free. Pre-booking is recommended.

For complete details on each event, visit

Expressions Of Interest Sought For Thurles Café

A business opportunity to run The Source Café here in Thurles

The Source

The Source

An opportunity for a ‘Catering Provider’ wishing to establish a new enterprise in an already existing catering environment is currently being advertised by The Source Café here in Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

The Source Café is inviting expressions of interest to reach them not later than Monday 23rd of June at 5.00pm.

Further information and application details are available by clicking HERE.

Interested parties should submit an expression of interest while responding to current Catering Requirements, Objectives and  Guidelines including a one year business plan and financial projections.

The deadline for all applications is as already stated (5.00pm Monday 23rd June, 2014) and Interviews will take place on Thursday 26th June 2014.

Applications should be submitted by registered post addressed to; Director, The Source Arts Centre, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary. Please write ‘The Source Café 2014 Expression of Interest’ on the top left hand corner of your sealed envelope.

For further information feel free to telephone 0504-90340.

Food Safety Authority Issue Allergen Alert

fsaiIreland’s Food Safety Authority has issued an allergen warning regarding varieties of Slimfast Meal Bars which may have been packed labelled incorrectly and are now subject to a recall by Unilever.

Quality checks have revealed that some bars had been packed in incorrect boxes, thus the allergen information on the boxes, regarding ingredients such as peanuts – wheat – oats and gluten, may not match product description. This could be a health hazard for persons subject to food allergies or food intolerance.

Consumers and product retailers are advised to check the writing on the product wrapper which describes the product content to ensure that same matches the description on the outer carton.

In newspapers today Unilever have published a safety notice urging people who find any mismatch in product description to contact their care line on 1850 419172 and are warning consumers with an allergy to peanuts or gluten, to not eat the bars suspected.

The products named include: Slimfast 4 x Chocolate Crunch Flavour Meal Bar (240g); Slimfast 4 x Chocolate Peanut Flavour Meal Bar (224g); and Slimfast 4 x Summer Berry Flavour Meal Bar (240g).

As many as 4% of children and 8% of adults could have a food allergy.

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