Walmart, JD.com, IBM, and Tsinghua University National Engineering Laboratory for E-Commerce Technologies are partnering in a Blockchain Food Safety Alliance, which will enhance food tracking, traceability and safety in China. The companies will work together to create a standards-based method of collecting data about the origin, safety and authenticity of food, using blockchain technology to provide real-time traceability throughout the supply chain, they said. This will encourage accountability and give suppliers, retailers, regulators and consumers greater insight and transparency into how food is handled from the farm to the consumer. This has traditionally been a challenge because of the complex and fragmented data-sharing systems which are often paper-based and can be error-prone. Walmart, JD, IBM and Tsinghua University will work with food supply chain providers and regulators to develop the standards, solutions and partnerships needed to enable a broad-based food safety … [Read more...] about Walmart, JD.com, IBM and Tsinghua University launch Blockchain Food Safety Alliance in China
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FOUR takeaways were shut down by Irish food safety chiefs last month, it has emerged.The Food Safety Authority of Ireland made the calls for breaches of food safety legislation.But this is a drop on last month, when ten places were served up an order to shut down.Eateries told to shut were:Chick Chicken in Cobh, Co Cork from October 18 to October 21.Saffron, in Creeslough, Co Donegal from October 19 to October 27.Beijing Taste Buffet on North Main Street, Co Cork from October 24 to October 27.New York Pizza in Ballina, Co Tipperary was closed on October 27.Previously, FSAI boss Dr Pamela Byrne said all food business operators must make sure they protect the health of consumers by strictly following food safety and hygiene laws.She said: “The majority of food businesses in Ireland must be commended for adhering to the highest of food safety standards, but there continues to be a number of food businesses disregarding important food safety standards.“Each Enforcement Order … [Read more...] about Four Irish takeaways hit with closure orders in October by food safety chiefs – was your favourite shut down?
IRISH food safety chiefs slapped ten businesses with closure orders last month.The Food Safety Authority of Ireland made the calls for breaches of food safety legislation.This is an increase on last month – where there were nine eateries who were served up orders.Three of the ten are based in Dublin.Spar, on Upper Baggot Street, was shut on September 27 for two days.Akash, in Blackrock, was closed on September 26.Larry’s Marino Fair’s food storage area, in Marino, was shut on September 19 until September 28.The other seven were based around the country – with two in both Donegal and Galway.Glebe Gardens and Café’s bakery storeroom, in Baltimore, Co Cork, was shut on September 29.Chens Oriental Taste, in Rochfortbridge, Co Westmeath, was closed on September 28 for a day.Harrys Bar and Restaurant, in Bridgend, Co Donegal, was shut on September 21 and reopened on October 2.Caspian Pizza, in Donegal Town, was shut on September 11 for a week.The Village … [Read more...] about Ten Irish takeaways slapped with closure orders in September by food safety chiefs – was your favourite shut down?
IRISH food safety chiefs slapped nine businesses with closure orders last month.The Food Safety Authority of Ireland made the calls for breaches of food safety legislation under the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.This is a considerable increase on the previous month – where there were six eateries who were served up orders.Five of the nine were are based in Dublin while all are within Leinster.The Food Safety Authority of Ireland revealed all of the businesses were served closure orders under the FSAI Act 1998.In Dublin, Ballyfermot’s Tesco supermarket was forced to shut down its deli, bakery and loose fruit and vegetable areas for three days.While in Dun Laoghaire, Moo’s Burrito on Georges Street and Hartleys were issued orders.And Punjab Pantry on Richmond street and Aroma Chinese round up the businesses forced to close in the capital.In Wexford, Zam Zam Kebab House on Mallin Street was closed.Costa Coffee in Longford … [Read more...] about Nine Irish takeaways slapped with closure orders in July by food safety chiefs – was your favourite shut down?
UNILEVER is recalling all the batch codes of Knorr Chicken Powder Bouillon because it contains milk – but does not correctly declare it on the label.The brand says it “may make the product unsafe for consumers who are allergic to or intolerant of milk or its constituents”.All Knorr Chicken Powder Bouillon 900g (x6) packs are being recalled to avoid possible health risks, a statement on the Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s website revealed.The company is also recalling all best before dates and all batch codes.The company who makes the product, Unilever, has issued a statement advising lactose intolerant customers on what to do if they have bought the product.“If you have bought the product and have an allergy or intolerance to milk or milk constituents, do not eat it. Instead return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund,” said Unilever.If you, or anyone you know is allergic to milk, please pass this important information … [Read more...] about Irish food safety chiefs issue alert as Knorr recalls all batch codes of Chicken Powder Bouillon after incorrect milk allergen labelling
FOOD safety chiefs served up seven closure orders and one prohibition order on Irish food outlets last month.Businesses were slapped with the orders in May for breaches of food safety legislation under the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.The number is a stark increase on April – when just two businesses had to close for a time.The Food Safety Authority of Ireland revealed five businesses were served closure orders under the FSAI Act 1998.The food preparation area of the Maid of Erin pub on Church Street in Tipperary town, Tasty Bite takeaway in Manorcunningham in Donegal along with Tropica Asian Street Food in Bray, Wicklow were all forced to close.A kitchen and associated storage facilities occupied by caterer Flanreil Food Services Ltd at O’Dwyers Public House, Strand Road, Portmarnock, Co Dublin were also shut, as well as Zam Zam Kebab House & Takeaway on High Street in Sligo.Tropica Asian Street Food had its closure … [Read more...] about Irish food safety chiefs slapped closure orders on seven outlets last month – after closing just two business in April
IRISH food safety chiefs served closure orders on five businesses across the country last month, it emerged today.The Food Safety Authority of Ireland said the closures – of three restaurant/cafes, and two takeaways – were due to breaches of food safety legislation.Two Dublin businesses were forced to shut their doors, and there was one each in counties Limerick, Louth and Tipperary.In the capital, Punjab Pantry on Richmond Street South was served a closure order under the FSAI Act, 1998, along with Express Pizza on Lord Edward Street in Limerick.Synergy Subs Ltd at the M1 Retail Park in Drogheda, Co Louth was the third to be closed under that act.Jalapeno Mexican Cuisine Ltd in Drumcondra was served a closure order under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.Culleton’s Fish & Chips on the Main Street at Bansha, Tipperary was also slapped with an order under the same act. FSAI Chief Executive Dr Pamela Byrne said: “Closure Orders, … [Read more...] about Irish food safety bosses slapped closure orders on five premises last month – here are the restaurants affected
IRISH punters claimed to have discovered a live insect in a packaged dessert, a long black hair in garlic sauce and a cigarette BUTT in a bag of chips in a whopping 3,202 complaints received by food safety chiefs last year.The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said grub complaints in 2016 were up 17% on the figure in 2015, when 2,739 were received.And food poisoning complaints were up a shocking 45% with 741 received and poor hygiene standards were the second highest reported with an increase of 34%.Gobsmacked customers also complained of finding a human nail in a takeaway meal, glass in a dessert along with plastic rope in another takeaway dish.Meanwhile rats were spotted on premises, and a deli staff member sneezed into their hands before preparing sandwiches without washing them, punters alleged in hygiene standards complaints.The FSAI said all complaints were followed up and investigated by enforcement officers throughout the country. Information Manager with the FSAI Edel … [Read more...] about Irish punters found live insect in packaged dessert, human nail in takeaway meal and cigarette BUTT in bag of chips in shock food safety figures
FIVE closure orders were issued by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) for breaches of safety legislation during the month of January.Hot Spot takeaway, of Parnell Street, Limerick; retailer Polonez, of 20 Moore Street, Dublin 1; Pacinos Restaurant of 18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2 and Beachview Tandoori, of Strand Road, Laytown, Meath were all issued with closure orders.Meanwhile, Kavanagh’s Fine Foods Cork Ltd of 9 Pearse Street, Ballyphehane, Cork, was issued with a closure order for a standalone manufacturing unit located to rear of 9 Pearse Square.FSAI chief Dr Pamela Byrne said: “The vast majority of Irish food businesses are aware of the importance of food safety requirements and are complying with food safety legislation.” “However, there are a number of businesses acting carelessly and potentially putting consumer’s health at risk.“All food businesses must take responsibility and recognise that the legal onus is on them to make sure … [Read more...] about Food Safety Authority of Ireland issue five closure orders during the month of January
The European Commission has said that banning German imports after the recent dioxin scare would be an overreaction. High levels of the carcinogen dioxin were found in German eggs after animal feed was contaminated with industrial oils. Frederic Vincent, spokesman for European Union Health Commissioner John Dalli, said Monday that banning German imports of pork and poultry products was unwarranted: "It is a disproportionate reaction compared to the existing situation in Germany," Vincent said. In Italy, authorities called for new EU rules to allow for the country of origin to be specified on all fresh food labels – a requirement that was introduced for beef after the "mad cow" epidemic that hit Britain in the 1990s. "We will reflect on the issue and see whether it is feasible," Vincent said. Suspect exports have been reported in the Netherlands, Britain and Italy, and contaminated products have also found their way to France and Denmark. Critics are calling for stricter … [Read more...] about EU says German food safety laws are effective