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Visit Mid-Summer Market Tomorrow In Holycross Village, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Geraldine Helbert Reports.

“It’s so exciting and almost here! Yes, tomorrow Saturday June 25th, 1:00pm to 3:00pm The “Village Market”, Holycross, Thurles, invite children and families to celebrate “Schools Out” at our bi-weekly, Mid-Summer Market.

As always, on special market days, we invite the younger members of the Tipperary community to come along and have a little fun with us and celebrate the start of the school holidays.

Dress yourselves up in your sunniest summer outfits and be as creative as you can, to get free entry into a special raffle with a mystery prize, just for the children. Get some personalised hair braiding, refreshments, treats and that all important Ice-Cream. Note: Admission is free to all.

Enjoy a choice of delicious hot lunches from our local catering duo at the “Grub Hub”, have a coffee, hot chocolate and a delicious home baked tasty treat or Granola bar.

We have doubled our seating capacity and everyone is in for a really entertaining treat from a very talented male singing group from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, who will be joining us.

New amazing bakers, crafters and artists join our regulars each market day with home-made jams, granola, low-carb options, tray bakes, vegetables, meat, breads and cakes. Pick up unique crafts and gifts and paintings for all occasions from one of our many talented crafters and artists. Get lots of plants and advice for the garden too.

And there is more! We have two tickets to raffle tomorrow for ‘Cut Loose’ Country Music Festival, latter taking place in Holycross, Thurles, on July 31st next.

Congratulations to the winners of our previous raffles; Johnny Carey won two tickets to ‘The Cavalcaders’ at ‘The Source’ Arts Centre for Sunday June 26th next, while Samantha Irwin was winner of an additional prize of ‘Honey Vinegar’ (naturally brewed and unfiltered), kindly donated by ‘Windmill Honey farm‘.

Do join us tomorrow and indeed every second Saturday for coffee, chat and fresh produce. We enjoy seeing you all in attendance brightening up our village. The market grounds are safe and easily accessible for all; with ease of parking and an opportunity to visit the historic Abbey and enjoy the unique welcome and beauty of Holycross village.”

Note: Students, musicians and new traders are always welcome. [Email us at thevillagemarketholycross@gmail.com]


Presence Of Soybeans In Specific Batches of Dolmio Stir-In Pasta Sauces

Warning courtesy Irish Food Safety Authority.

Specific batches of Dolmio Carbonara Pasta Sauce pouches and Dolmio Carbonara Stir-In Pasta Sauce are found to contain soya, which is undeclared on the labelling.

This may make the affected batches unsafe for consumers who are allergic to or intolerant of soybeans.

The products identified are:-
Dolmio Carbonara Pasta Sauce pouches – 150g – Batch Codes 209A9WE & 209B92WE – Best before dates: 28:02:2023 & 01:03:2023.
Dolmio Carbonara Stir-In Pasta Sauce – 150g – 213A9KLN45 & 213B9KLN45 – Best before dates: 26:04:2023 & 27:4:2023.


Specific Batches Of Breadcrumbs Recalled Due To Presence Of Listeria monocytogenes

According to the Irish Food Safety Authority (FSAI); ‘Pat the Baker’ and ‘Irish Pride’ are both recalling batches of breadcrumbs due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.
Point-of-sale recall notices will now be displayed in stores supplied with the implicated batches, including Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Supervalu and Lidl .

The Products in Question include:

  • Pat the Baker Quality Bread Quality Crumb; pack size: 400g
  • Pat the Baker Breadcrumb; pack size: 5Kg
  • Irish Pride Bread Crumbs; pack size: 400g
  • Irish Pride Catering Bread Crumbs; pack size: 2Kg

Batch Code: All batches with a best before date from 27/05/2022 to 15/06/2022 inclusive.

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.

Retailers are requested to immediately remove the implicated batches from sale and 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 batches and provide a point-of-sale recall notice to their retailer customers.

Caterers and consumers are strongly advised not use or eat the implicated batches.


Food Allergen Alerts – Check Your Fridge.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has issued a warning regarding certain batches of Lidl’s Glensallagh Glazed and Grilled American Style Cajun Shaved Ham, resulting in the Lidl Supermarket chain issuing an urgent recall of the ham, that may be unsafe for some Irish shoppers.

Households across Ireland are being encouraged to check their fridges for the affected item.

The warning comes as gluten has been detected in 3 batches, which was not declared on the label.

This can make the affected 3 batches unsafe for consumers who are allergic or intolerant of cereals containing gluten.

Other popular food items recalled in recent weeks.

A number of other popular food items have been recalled from Lidl, Centra and Dunne’s Stores in recent weeks amid other food safety fears.
Irish shoppers are being asked to ensure that they do not have any of these products stored in their kitchen cupboards, fridges/freezers etc.

These foods include:
“Golden Lily Dried Apricot Seeds”, due to high levels of Hydrocyanic Acid (Cyanide).
“Mars Bounty Ice Cream Bars”, containing the pesticide and sterilizing agent Ethylene oxide.
“Avoca Tomato Kasundi Chutney”, containing Mustard which makes the affected batches unsafe for consumers who are allergic or intolerant of mustard.
“Frozen Jona Red Tilapia Fish”, containing the veterinary medicines malachite green and leucomalachite green.
“Centra King Prawns”, mislabelling with incorrect use-by dates.
“Hao Hao Chicken Flavour Instant Noodles”, due to the presence of the unauthorised pesticide Ethylene Oxide.
“Villani Cacciatore Salami”, infected with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.
“Fray Bentos Just Chicken Pie”, containing plastic.
“Afroase Biteku Leaves” containing the pesticide Chlorpyrifos-ethyl.


FSAI Finds Non-Compliance In Several Food Businesses During Audit Of Labelling & Traceability.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) yesterday published an audit which found a level of non-compliance with food law and subsequently led to ten formal enforcement actions being undertaken.

The FSAI’s Audit of Food Business Operator Compliance with Meat Labelling and Traceability Requirements evaluated a representative sample of food businesses including supermarkets; butchers; food service establishments; storage and distribution establishments; meat processing plants; and slaughterhouses and their compliance with meat labelling and traceability requirements. The audit reviewed the availability, accuracy and appropriateness of information provided on labels and information for non-prepacked meat products.

A total of 27 unannounced, on-site audits were conducted on food businesses with a particular emphasis on checking compliance with meat labelling and traceability requirements. Key results from the report include:

  • Non-compliance with labelling requirements for prepacked food was detected in 18 of the establishments audited and 5 of these establishments had serious non-compliance.
  • Non-compliance with food information requirements for non-prepacked foods (in retail and foodservice settings) was detected during audits of five establishments. One of these five establishments had a serious non-compliance.
  • Non-compliance with traceability requirements was detected during audits of ten establishments. Five of these ten establishments had serious non-compliance.

Non-compliance with other aspects of food law, outside the planned scope of the audit, was also detected during audits of 17 of the establishments. At 14 of these 17 establishments, the non-compliance was considered serious. Corrective action reports have been issued to all the food businesses where non-compliance was detected.

The audit led to 10 formal enforcement actions by the food inspectorate or the FSAI against 6 food business operators. Some 14 recommendations were also made to strengthen compliance with food law, including instructing businesses to ensure that foods are labelled accurately. Another recommendation advised that compliance with traceability requirements should be improved and that food businesses should avail of the resources to assist them. It was also advised that food businesses minimise food waste by considering whether a ‘use-by’ date or ‘best before’ date should be applied to labels of prepacked frozen foods.
Speaking yesterday, Dr Pamela Byrne, (Chief Executive, FSAI), reminded food businesses that ensuring labelling and traceability legal requirements is key to safeguarding the health and interests of consumers.

Dr Byrne stated “While good practices were observed in some of the food businesses, disappointingly, this audit found that there was a varying degree of compliance by food businesses with meat labelling and traceability requirements. Fortunately, serious non-compliance with these requirements was confined to a small number of businesses. It is also disappointing that serious non-compliance outside the planned scope of the audit was observed at many of the businesses audited. Consumers have a right to safe food and their health and interests must be paramount to everything that food businesses do. We are continuing to work closely with the food inspectorate to explore opportunities to strengthen compliance with food law. We urge food businesses to ensure they are meeting their food safety legal requirements and they should also take full advantage of the information and support provided on our website www.fsai.ie“.

This targeted audit was carried out between August 2021 and March 2022.