FSAI Audit of Halal Claims on meat, poultry proves satisfactory

IRELAND – The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has revealed that its Audit of Halal Claims on Meat and Poultry outcome proved satisfactory despite a number of legislative breaches. The Audit of Halal Claims on Meat and Poultry aimed to assess the validity of claims made by Food Business Operators (FBOs) regarding the halal status of the meat and poultry products examined. The FSAI has overall responsibility for the enforcement of food law in Ireland. It carries out targeted audits of food businesses to determine the level of compliance…

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FSAI publishes guidance note for unpasteurized fermented plant-based products

IRELAND – The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has published a new guidance note on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for the Production of Ready-to-eat (RTE) Unpasteurized Fermented Plant-based Products to assist producers to produce safe products. The guidance was developed in light of a survey carried out by the FSAI on unpasteurized plant-based fermented beverages such as kombucha, kefir and ginger soda. The survey results identified a problem with the alcohol content of some beverages. Under European Union (EU) labelling rules, the alcohol content of food products containing more…

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FSAI urges regular fact-checking of breakfast cereal nutrition labels to ascertain credibility

IRELAND – The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has revealed that consumers cannot be dependent on breakfast cereal nutrition labels to indicate true food composition and should be regularly verified. The report was carried out to assess the use of nutrition labels on breakfast cereals to see whether they can be relied upon to monitor food reformulation of food sold on the Irish market. Food reformulation is when producers reduce ingredients such as fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt in processed and packaged food in order to improve its…

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FSAI announces appointment of new Scientific Committee

IRELAND – The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has announced the appointments to its new Scientific Committee which will offer expert scientific advice on all aspects of food safety and nutrition. The Scientific Committee comprises of 15 members from a variety of backgrounds, appointed by the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly T.D. Where deemed appropriate, sub-committees are formed to examine specific areas of interest. The Committee which is under the FSAI Act, 1998, focuses on a range of topics that can benefit public health and food safety policies. Its…

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