Peanut Allergy Alert.

Possible presence of peanuts in BFree Sunflower and Pumpkin Seed Loaf

Alert Summary dated Friday, 21 June 2024.

Allergy Alert Notification: 2024.A21
Allergen: Peanuts
Product Identification: BFree Sunflower & Pumpkin Seed Loaf; pack size: 350g
Batch Code: All best before dates up to and including 04/12/2024
Country Of Origin: Poland

Message: All current batches of BFree Sunflower & Pumpkin Seed Loaf may contain peanut which is not declared in the list of ingredients.
This may make the batches unsafe for consumers who are allergic to or intolerant of peanuts. Two styles of packaging are illustrated below.


Thurles Rare Gratuitous Famine Relief Book 1847/48.

The ‘Gratuitous Relief Ration Record Book,’ (or the Distribution Book,‘ as it was also called), for the Electoral Divisions of Holycross, Thurles and Ballycahill, dated 1847/48, has now been fully digitized and is uploaded hereunder, allowing yet another search facility, for those anxious to trace their family roots back to their once local homestead, within the Thurles, Co. Tipperary hinterland.

This afore mentioned ‘Gratuitous Relief Ration Record Book’ (Videoed on two occasions, before being broadcast on at least seven different occasions in the past, on Irish national TV channels RTE1 and TG4), contains the names of those who were classed as paupers in the hinterland / towns-lands of Thurles district, during what was the most harrowing period of the Great Irish Famine, referred to as ‘Black ’47’.

This famine also known as “The Great Hunger”, lasted between 1845 and 1849 and was arguably the single greatest disaster that ever affected Irish history.

This extremely rare ‘Rations Record Book,’ which was hand written; contains the names of the heads of each household and in many cases the actual names of all the adults in each household. It also contains the number of rations each householder was allowed and indeed received, together with remarks, sometimes suggesting fraud, under what can be viewed as an early form of social welfare system, introduced after the closure of the Bord of Works schemes which had concentrate on providing employment for the destitute poor under acts passed early in the parliamentary session of 1846, for the sole purpose of affording relief by employment.

Just over 3 million Irish people were being supported nationally by outdoor relief in July of 1847. To those in the Thurles area it supported, (covering the electoral divisions of Holycross, Thurles and Ballycahill), it provides records of food rations distributed during the period May – Sept. 47 and part of 1848; the same distribution being a very humiliating and indeed an insufficient system, administered under British rule.
Nevertheless, it did keep starvation at bay for a very sizeable portion of Tipperary people at that crucial time in Black ’47’.

This new information can also be viewed on our other website, Hidden, (under Downloads) or directly via the link located HERE

How to search this uploaded data.

Many of you will be aware that holding down the CTRL key on the keyboard of your PC or Laptop and striking the F key; a small box will appear on your screens, bottom left corner of the page being searched.
Type into this box the ‘search word’ with which you hope to glean the information and press Enter.

Note: When searching for an individual or townsland, there may be several persons of the same name, so use the arrow keys on right hand side of this search box, to complete your search. [Surname first followed by Christian name].
If anyone has any queries regarding the further understanding of this new data upload, please do contact us directly HERE.


Food Allergen Alert.

Food Safety Authority of Ireland warn of possible presence of milk in specific batches of Ensure Nutrivigor Almond Flavour Nutritional Shake.

Alert Summary dated Thursday, 13 June 2024.

Allergy Alert Notification: 2024.A20.
Allergen: Milk.
Product Identification: Ensure Nutrivigor Plant-Based Almond Flavour Nutritional Shake; pack size: 400g and 850g.
Batch Code: 1195461 and 1195476; best before: 09-Jul-24.
Country Of Origin: Singapore

Milk may be present in the above batches of Ensure Nutrivigor Plant-Based Almond Flavour Nutritional Shake however it is not declared on the label. This may make the implicated batches unsafe for consumers who are allergic to or intolerant of milk.


FSAI Report Prohibition Order On Tipperary Food Business.

Today Wednesday, June 12th 2024, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) reported that nine Enforcement Orders were served on food businesses during the month of May for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020. The Enforcement Orders were issued by Environmental Health Officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE).

One Prohibition Order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998, on:

  • The Village Grocer, Upper Main Street, Ballyporeen, Co. Tipperary.

Four Closure Orders were served under the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020 on:

  • Johnson Best Food African Take Away, 86 Summerhill, Summerhill, Dublin 1
  • Dublin Pizza Company (take away), 32 Aungier Street & 35 Aungier Street, Dublin 2
  • Mizzonis Pizza (take away), 15 Prospect Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
  • D1 Cafe and Bakery, 52 Dorset Street Lower, Dublin 1

Two Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act 1998 on:

  • Istanbul Bite (Closed area: boiler room and potato peeling room) (take away), Upper Cork Hill, Youghal, Cork
  • Applegreen Cobh (fuel pumps external to the shops are not subject to this Closure Order), Tiknock, Cobh, Cork

Two Prohibition Orders were served under the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020 on:

  • Fresh Oriental Store Limited, 30-32 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
  • Johnson Best Food African Take Away, 86 Summerhill, Dublin 1

Some of the reasons for the Enforcement Orders in May include: evidence of rodent infestation, including dead rodents in multiple areas, including under a fridge and under shelves on the shop floor; raw fish defrosting at room temperature in a dirty container on the floor of the kitchen area; accumulation of dirt, cobwebs and dead insects on floors; inadequate cleaning and a build-up of waste stored in a room next to toilets with foul odour and flies present; no hot water, soap or paper towels available at the wash hand basin in the staff toilet; absence of an adequate food safety culture particularly regarding training of staff.

Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI, said that breaches of food safety legislation pose a real danger to consumer health. She stated that “This month has seen a decrease in Closure Orders from April, with a reduction of over 50% in orders served. However, the fact remains that food safety is not an optional luxury when operating a food business. It is a legal requirement in food law to protect the health of consumers. By neglecting to uphold basic food safety and hygiene standards, a business not only jeopardises the health of its customers, but also risks damaging its own reputation as a trustworthy food business. The food industry must continue to improve its adherence to food safety legislation to ensure consumers’ health is protected.”

Details of the food businesses served with Enforcement Orders are published on the FSAI’s website. Closure Orders and Improvement Orders will remain listed in the enforcement reports 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 from the date the Order was lifted.


FSAI Recall Burren Smokehouse Hot Smoked Salmon Products.

Recall of Burren Smokehouse Hot Smoked Salmon products due to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

Alert Summary dated Friday, 07 June 2024.

Category 1: For Action
Alert Notification: 2024.25
Product Identification: Organic Hot smoked salmon Honey Lemon Pepper; pack size:140g
Organic Hot smoked salmon Honey Lemon Pepper; pack size:500g
Organic Hot smoked salmon Spiced;pack size: 500g
Batch Code Batch code 412421, use-by from 04/06/24 to 24/06/24.
Country Of Origin: Ireland


Symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes infection can include mild flu-like symptoms, or gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. 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.

Action Required: Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, caterers & retailers:

Retailers; Are requested to remove the implicated products from sale and display recall notices at point-of-sale.
Wholesalers/distributors; Are requested to contact their affected customers and recall these products and provide a point-of-sale recall notice to their retailer customers.

Caterers; Should not use the implicated batch.

Consumers: Consumers are advised not to eat the implicated products.