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Tipperary Dog Lovers Take Note.

Some batches of Pedigree dog food have been recalled over safety concerns and consumers who have purchased the affected products have been asked to cease feeding it to their pets with immediate effect.

Are we nearly there yet, are we nearly there yet ?.

Mars Multisales Ireland, who issued the recall first on December 22nd, last, said that if you have fed this product to your pet over a period of weeks and should your dog be now showing any signs of illness, e.g. excessive drinking and urination, they are encouraging you to seek immediate veterinary advice.

The recall has been initiated due to the pet food containing high levels of Vitamin D.

The ‘lot codes’ and ‘best before dates‘ listed hereunder are the only products impacted according to the company.

PEDIGREE Mixer Adult Dry Dog Food Original (3kg)
046E9MIN05 Best Before Code 12.02.2022
046F9MIN05 Best Before Code 20.02.2022
048A9MIN05 Best Before Code 22.02.2022

PEDIGREE Mixer Adult Dry Dog Food Original (10kg)
046E9MIN08 Best Before Code 12.02.2022
047C9MIN08 Best Before Code 17.02.2022

PEDIGREE Adult Complete Dry Dog Food with Chicken and Vegetables (2.6kg)
045F9MIN05 Best Before Code 06.02.2022
047A9MIN05 Best Before Code 15.02.2022

PEDIGREE Adult Complete Dry Dog Food with Chicken and Vegetables (12kg)
046C9MIN08 Best Before Code 10.02.2022
046D9MIN08 Best Before Code 11.02.2022
046E9MIN08 Best Before Code 12.02.2022

CHAPPIE Complete Chicken Dry Dog Food (3kg)
045F9MIN05 Best Before Code 11.05.2022

These products can be easily identified by their lot code and best before date, latter both clearly printed on the container bag.


Food Waste Is Robbing You Blind

Food waste is costing Irish households up to €700 per year, and 68% say that food, passing its use-by date, is the main reason we throw out food.

The latest Environmental Protection Agency survey reports that only 10% of people rate themselves as being good at keeping track of food stored in the fridge. An EPA campaign highlights that freezing is a simple, effective way to manage surplus food and to reduce waste.

The EPA has launched a new campaign to encourage people to take a simple action to reduce food waste, by freezing surplus food before its use-by date.

A recent EPA survey, conducted by Behaviour & Attitudes, found that 68% of people still say ‘passing use-by dates’ is the top reason they throw out food at home. It found that 75% of the population understand that use-by dates are a deadline, and over 80% check them to ensure food is still safe to eat.

The EPA suggest that freezing food is an easy way to stop wasting food and thus save money. Food waste currently costs the average Irish household up to €700 per year.

Freezing surplus food before it passes the use-by date can help both the environment and your budget, according to Mary Frances Rochford, (Programme Manager in the Office of Environmental Sustainability) who has stated: “We are calling on everyone to support and share our Eat It or Freeze It campaign on social media, and take a simple action to stop food waste.

Irish households produce over 250,000 tonnes of food waste per year, at a cost of €700 per household. In addition, wasted food is a significant contributor to climate change – responsible for about 10 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Cutting food waste reduces greenhouse gas emissions and provides real savings for householders.”

Environmental Scientist at the EPA, Odile Le Bolloch, explains: “If you don’t get to eat it, freezing food is an action we can start straight away. Over half of people do not realise that you can freeze food right up to its use-by date, but many of us can reduce our food waste through freezing. It is a great way to make food last longer – it acts just like a pause button, allowing food to be eaten at another time.”

A lot of different types of foods can be frozen, whether it’s the extra loaf of bread you bought or the cooked pasta you want to use for lunch later in the week.

The survey showed that bread is one of the most wasted foods in Ireland, and when it comes to freezing it, same is the most versatile – the whole loaf can be frozen when you buy it, or just the last few slices at the end of the bag.

You can find out how to freeze all of your favourite foods, learn about food date marking, and access resources to help reduce food waste in the home by visiting the Stop Food Waste website online HERE.


Recall of Snackrite Savoury Snack Mix From Aldi

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) have recalled 250g packs of Snackrite Savoury Snack Mix, due to the presence of the unauthorised pesticide Ethylene Oxide.

The pesticide is found in the sesame seeds used in the manufacture of the product. The pesticide is not authorised for use in foods sold in the European Union.

The implicated recalled product, whose country of origin is Germany, was sold in Aldi stores, and point-of-sale recall notices are now currently being displayed.


Smoked Salmon Recalled Due To Listeria monocytogenes

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland have announced the recall of certain batches of Baily & Kish ‘Salmon Simply Smoked’, due to the detection of Listeria monocytogenes

Consumers are advised to check their freezers and are further advised not to eat any of the implicated batches.

Affected Product:
The packs containing the affected product are the 100g and 200g pack sizes, with ‘Use by dates’ 23rd October 2020 and 24th October 2020. Batch Codes are L2680 and L2540.

Symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. In rare cases, the infection can be more severe, causing serious complications. Some people are more vulnerable to Listeria monocytogenes infections, including pregnant women, babies, and people with weakened immune systems, including the elderly. The incubation period (time between initial infection and first symptoms appearing) is on average 3 weeks, but can range between 3 and 70 days.

Retailers of the product are requested to display a point-of-sale recall notice in stores, where the affected batches were sold.

Wholesalers/distributors are requested to contact their affected customers and recall the affected batch and also provide a point-of-sale recall notice to their retailer customers.


FSAI & Aldi Recall Roosters Southern Fried Poppin’ Polish Chicken

On the advice of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) a batch of Roosters Southern Fried Poppin’ Chicken has been recalled due to the presence of Salmonella.

The product identified is Roosters Southern Fried Poppin’ Chicken; pack size: 210g; approval number: PL 10610342 WE, with the country of origin stated as Poland.

Point-of-sale recall notices will be displayed in stores supplied with the implicated batch. The implicated batch was sold in Aldi stores.

Nature of Danger:
People infected with Salmonella typically develop symptoms between 12 and 36 hours after infection, but this can range between 6 and 72 hours. The most common symptom is diarrhoea, which can sometimes be bloody. Other symptoms may include fever, headache and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Diarrhoea can occasionally be severe enough to require hospital admission. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, caterers & retailers:
Retailers are requested to remove the implicated batch from sale and to display a point-of-sale recall notice in stores where the affected batch was sold.

For obvious reasons, consumers are asked not to eat the implicated batch.