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Dismissal Was Fair

September 30, 2016 | biocare

The employment appeals tribunal held an aircraft refueling technician was not unfairly dismissed by his employer. The tribunal heard the technician was refueling a plane when a mobile phone in his pocket rang.  In evidence the technician claimed he did not know the phone was in his pocket and decided […]

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Food Allergen Fatality

September 30, 2016 | biocare

Speaking about the untimely and tragic death of her son Paul at the age of 38, Margaret Wilson, Paul’s mother said the jailing of Mohammed Zaman for six years for manslaughter and breaches of food safety regulations will do nothing to heal the pain of losing her son the father […]

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€16,000.00 Fine Imposed

August 5, 2016 | biocare

Keelaghan Wholesale Meats were fined €16,000.00 and incurred legal costs of €10,000.00 for breaches of food safety regulations. The Company were successfully prosecuted following a lengthy investigation conducted by Meath County Council and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. The investigation team discovered beef products processed and sold by the […]

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MRSA in Milk Products

July 5, 2016 | biocare

The prevalence of MRSA – Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus has increased although media publicity surrounding this important issue has diminished. A recent control study demonstrated that potentially hazardous MRSA bacteria were found to be present in nasal swabs taken from food handlers working in a facility handling cows milk and […]

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Good Operational Hygiene

June 5, 2016 | biocare

Is regarded as an essential prerequisite in ensuring compliance with food safety and hygiene regulations. Food businesses, distribution outlets and food service providers rely on a variety of factors to protect consumer health and prevent food incidents occurring. Properly maintained premises and equipment including an organised workplace will help ensure […]

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Allergen Manslaughter Charge

May 10, 2016 | biocare

The owner of a takeaway restaurant has been officially charged with manslaughter following the death of one of its customers. The adult customer died following a severe anaphylactic reaction to peanuts contained in the meal he purchased from the takeaway. This is the first case of its kind and given […]

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Closure Orders Served

April 28, 2016 | biocare

Ten closure orders were served on food businesses in Ireland in March 2016 relating to breaches of food safety and hygiene regulations. When commenting on these enforcement notices, Dr. Pamela Byrne Chief Executive of the FSAI stated there can be no justification for such breaches as they have the potential […]

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Food Poisoning

March 29, 2016 | biocare

Campylobacter bacteria is regarded as the most common cause of reported incidents of gastroenteritis in Ireland. The illness which is characterised by abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting can be life threatening to susceptible individuals. Campylobacteriosis is transmitted between animals and humans and is found in such species as […]

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H.A.C.C.P. to be replaced

February 29, 2016 | biocare

H.A.R.P. Hazard Analysis Risk Prevention is destined to replace H.A.C.C.P. in all sectors of the food industry in the future.  A fundamental reason for this change of policy is based on the reality food businesses continue to misunderstand H.A.C.C.P. This in turn leads to failure in implementing standard food safety and […]

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Nut Allergy Death Enquiry

January 28, 2016 | biocare

A pharmacist was the subject of a fitness to practice enquiry following the untimely and tragic death of a fourteen year old teenager. The teenager concerned suffered a severe allergic reaction to nuts contained in a satay sauce which was purchased from a Chinese restaurant take-away. It was alleged the […]

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