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Warning: Undeclared Gluten In Gluten Free Crisps

CrispPer information posted on the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAOI)  website yesterday (7th May 2015), the presence of an ‘Undeclared Ingredient Containing Gluten (Wheat)’  has been identified in a Batch of 50g Authentic Hand Cooked Tipperary Gluten Free Crisps, sold under the brand name O’Donnells Tipperary Mature Irish Cheese and Red Onion (Gluten Free) Crisps.

The identified batch code is numbered 5105 with ‘best before date’ shown as the 5th Aug 2015.

The report states that some packs of the above batch of Gluten Free O’Donnells Tipperary Mature Irish Cheese and Red Onion Crisps unintentionally include some corn snack product which contains wheat and gluten.

This may make the implicated batch unsafe for consumers who are allergic to wheat or intolerant of gluten.

A Murder Takes Place In The Anner Hotel Thurles

Yes, I knew that headline would get your immediate attention and now that I have gotten same, please, please do read on.

Calling all you lovers of ‘Mystery’ and ‘Intrigue’. Have you a ‘taste’  for that something which is often difficult initially either to understand or explain? Do you perhaps secretly ‘hunger’ to be a top notch homicide investigator, a type of ‘Sherlock Holmes’ if you will?

“I do”, I hear you say! Then take special note of a unique upcoming event. On Friday, May 22nd, 2015 you can see an unusual fund-raising event here in Thurles with the Anner Hotel hosting a ‘Murder Mystery Dinner’ in aid of the Irish Lung Fibrosis Association (I.L.F.A.) and Thurles Rehabcare.

The four course dinner will be the scene of a ‘Foul Murder,’ acted out between each course of your meal, by Goldstar Productions, a professional acting troupe. Those of you attending will play the part of attendees at a school reunion, with the acting troupe presenting a light hearted mystery for you to puzzle over and perhaps solve. This dinner will be followed by a School Disco, with you playing the ‘floor fillers,’ dancing the routines of many a former teenage memory.

This fund-raiser is being promoted by the family of the late Phyl Troy latter formally of Thurles, in conjunction with I.L.F.A. and Thurles Rehabcare.  Phyl, as everyone remembers, was totally devoted to her career in Rehabcare and hence the full proceeds of this event will go directly to Castleview House in Two Mile Borris.

Phyl, prior to her sad passing last year, had been diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), latter a progressive and generally fatal disease characterized by scarring of the lungs that eventually thickens the lining of the lungs, causing an irreversible loss of the tissue’s ability to transport oxygen. This lung condition, IPF, ultimately robs a patient of the ability to breathe and is more deadly than most cancers. This disease affects some 800 new patients each year here in Ireland and has brought about quite a number of deaths in Co. Tipperary over the last few years, including two of the late Phyl Troy’s own siblings. Proceeds raised by this event and given to I.L.F.A. will now assist in ongoing research, support and further education of this normally fatal disease.

TICKETS: Same cost just €35 each, and will include a ‘Sumptuous Four Course Dinner’, the ‘Murder Mystery’ and the ‘School Disco’. Tickets are available from the Anner Hotel or from individual members of the Troy family, actively promoting this worthy event. Let’s be honest here, where today can you obtain Dinner, A Theatre Seat, Dancing, not to mention the Kudos from “her indoors,” for such a small admission fee; plus of course that great inner feeling you yourself will gain by having supported this truly worthwhile cause.

This said; remember the date; Friday, May 22nd, 2015, Anner Hotel, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Oh and from now on remember to never turn your back in the shower, especially when the water is running.

Upperchurch Scientist Awarded €2m Research Grant

A Tipperary scientist based at University College Dublin (UCD) has been awarded a €2 million research grant by the European Union (EU) (under EU/Horizon 2020) to explore the relationship between diet and health.

Dr. Lorraine Brennan (BA, PhD), a Conway Fellow and a PI in the UCD Institute of Food and Health is the daughter of parents and Kilkenny natives Mrs Breda and Mr Joe Brennan, both of whom reside at Rossoulty, Upperchurch, Thurles, here in Co Tipperary.

Dr Brennan’s areas currently under development include (1) the use of a metabolomic approach to identify novel biomarkers of dietary intake and (2) the use of metabolomic signatures (“metabotypes”) to identify responder’s to dietary interventions in a move towards personalised nutrition.

Dr. Brennan’s research interests revolve around metabolism and altered metabolic pathways in health and disease and to this end she leads a metabolomics research group in UCD and is instrumental in the development of metabolomics for nutritional research.

Dr. Brennan is a partner in the FP7 projects NutriTech and Food4me. She is a PI in The National Nutrition Phenotype Database where she was responsible for the metabolomics data. She represents the Irish Nutrigenomics Organisation (JINGO) in the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) ENPADASI.

She has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications including publications in leading journals such as Nature, Diabetes and Diabetalogia. She regularly serves as a reviewer for international journals and since 2010 she is serving as an academic editor in PLoS One. Since 2009, she has delivered 16 invited lectures at International Conferences. Dr Brennan is actively involved in undergraduate teaching and delivers a range of lectures to Human Nutrition and Medical students.

She is also a member of the Irish Nutrition Society Executive. In September 2014, she was appointed as co-director of the European Nutrigenomics Organisation (NuGO).

Dr. Brennan has stated that this funding will now greatly assist in establishing what type of diet is best for human development.

Thurles congratulates Dr. Lorraine Brennan on all her achievements.

Aldi Recall Fiesta Fajita Dinners

AldiALDI Stores countrywide have recalled their ‘Fiesta Fajita Dinner Kit‘ from sale, having discovered information missing from the products allergy advice label.

The Supermarket chain has identified that the products seasoning mix contains low levels of almond protein, which was not initially listed on the food label.

If you have purchased the above product and have an allergy to almonds or other nuts, do not eat it.

Customers are now being advised by ALDI not to eat the product if they have an allergy or intolerance to almonds, and are requesting that the product be returned to any of their stores, where a full refund will be processed.

The company is presently contacting the relevant allergy support organisations, latter who will inform their ‘at risk’ members of this product withdrawal.

No other Aldi food products are known to be affected.

Tipperary Companies Among First To Supply US Beef

Nenagh Agri-ShowThe ABP Food Group, which has processing plants close to the towns of Nenagh and Cahir, in Co Tipperary, will be the first European company to supply beef to the US in 17 years, with first shipments expected to commence in March 2015.

The is the first deal to supply Irish beef to the American market, since a 15 year ban was lifted just late last year.

According to ABP, this deal was facilitated by Pallas Foods a subsidiary of Sysco Corporation and will see ABP supply Sysco Metro New York and Sysco Boston with beef, which will be sold to restaurants and steak houses initially, thus providing grass fed, hormone free Irish beef onto the plates of US consumers.

Sysco is an American multinational corporation involved in both the marketing and distribution of food products to hospitality businesses such as restaurants, hotels and inns, including healthcare and educational facilities and boasting 194 distribution facilities and 425,000 customers.

For their part, ABP Group is one of Europe’s leading privately owned food processors, with operations spanning Ireland, the UK and Continental Europe controlled by its founder Larry Goodman. Here in Ireland ABP operate six large beef-processing facilities and is one of Europe’s leading beef exporters, while accounting for around a quarter of our national annual animal kill.

The US consumes some 11.5 billion kg of beef each year, 10% of which comes from imports and later today International chefs will cook Irish beef at a special event to be held at a Michelin starred restaurant in Manhattan.

The deal was announced today as part of the trade promotional visit being headed up by the Minister for Agriculture Mr Simon Coveney and Bord Bia.

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