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Listeria Monocytogenes – What is it and how can it be controlled?

Listeria Monocytogenes – What is it and how can it be controlled?

Listeria monocytogenes is a unique bacterium which is ubiquitous in the environment. It invades through epithelial cells of GI tract and targets the immune system. It is a very important pathogenic bacterium to be aware of as it can survive and grow at low temperatures i.e. it can grow at a range of -0.4-50 °C. […]

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Sixty Nine Enforcement Orders served on food businesses in 2017

Sixty Nine Enforcement Orders served on food businesses in 2017

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) yesterday stated that 69 Enforcement Orders were served on food businesses by Environmental Health Officers (EHO’s) in 2017. This compares with 106 Enforcement Orders in the previous year.The FSAI outlined the importance of robust food safety management procedures based on the principles of HACCP. It also stressed that […]

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Childhood obesity – How did we get here?

Childhood obesity – How did we get here?

Recently a Teacher friend returned to her former school from a teaching post abroad. Whilst overseas she qualified as a Nutritionst and developed a healthy product range to include delicious protein balls and treats- naming them FUEL YOUR ROOTS. To her dismay the biggest selling items in the school shop are crisps and fizzy drinks and […]

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Too Clean or Not Clean Enough? The Hygiene Hypothesis Myth

Too Clean or Not Clean Enough? The Hygiene Hypothesis Myth

Two members of our team, Victoria Flanagan and Dominic Foley recently attended a Safefood networking event that took place at The Spencer Hotel, Dublin. The Safefood Knowledge Network event brought together experts in allergies, human and microbe interaction, environmental health and home hygiene to discuss the most recent research and thinking in the area and […]

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BBQ Food Safety Tips

BBQ Food Safety Tips

The sun is finally shining, temperatures are set to reach the mid 20’s and the allure of eating outdoors is enticing us all to dust off our barbeques and get cooking! I have developed a short checklist to ensure that the food you serve is safe, and free from harmful bacteria which could potentially make […]

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