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The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today published a new guidance note Good Manufacturing Practices for the Production of Ready-to-eat Unpasteurised 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 unpasteurised 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 EU labelling rules, the alcohol content of food products containing more than 1.2% alcohol by volume must be declared in order to inform consumer choice. Failure to comply with these declaration requirements means that such products can pose a risk to vulnerable consumers such as pregnant or breastfeeding women or people with underlying health conditions who unwittingly consume alcohol. People’s livelihoods may also be affected where even low levels of alcohol are not permitted, for example drivers with learner permits, operators of heavy machinery and airline pilots, among others.

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ABOUT EIT FOOD:

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Food is a young and fast-growing organisation focusing on entrepreneurship and innovation in the food sector. EIT Food is a start-up but has the characteristics of a multinational and is operating in a European and international environment. It has 5 regional offices (Co-Location Centres or CLC) in Europe, each covering several EIT Food partners and partner countries. The members of the EIT Food community are world-class players in the international food domain.

 

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For the position of members representing civil society and food chain interests on the Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority.

As of 1 July 2022, a new composition of the Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will be put in place. Applications are therefore invited for the positions of members of the Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority demonstrating active involvement in organisations representing civil society and food chain interests. The duration of the term of office of the new members, will be four years, starting 1 July 2022.

 

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The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that four Closure Orders and one Prohibition Order were served on food businesses during the month of August for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the European Union (Official Controls in Relation to Food Legislation) Regulations, 2020. The Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE) and officers of the FSAI.

 

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Laboratory reporting of norovirus in England was impacted more than Campylobacter by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study.

Researchers investigated the link between lab reporting of the two pathogens, the number of coronavirus tests and infection prevention and control measures during the pandemic.

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An evaluation of food irradiation rules in Europe has found legislation is unlikely to have much impact on use because of a decline driven by industry and consumer fears, despite scientific evidence of its safety.

European Union directives on the topic came into force in 1999 and have not been amended much since. A roadmap was produced in 2017 followed by a study commissioned by DG Sante and public comments in 2020, which received 72 responses, mainly from EU citizens.

 

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A report has shown how the regulation of novel foods and genetically modified organisms is different around the world.

Research published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) looked at international regulations on genetically modified and novel foods and how they differ from requirements in the United Kingdom.

 

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World leaders have called for an urgent reduction in the amount of antimicrobial drugs, including antibiotics, used in food systems.

The Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance said countries must stop the use of medically important antimicrobial drugs to promote growth in healthy animals.

 

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Essential elements of a processing environment monitoring program have been identified by an expert group of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Europe.

The aim is to help industry and regulators with targeted environmental monitoring by covering information on outbreaks, pathogens in low moisture foods, and knowledge on indicators.

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The Marine Institute is the national agency responsible for marine research, technology, development and innovation (RTDI).  The Marine Institute seeks to assess and realise the economic potential of Ireland’s 220-million-acre marine resource; promote the sustainable development of marine industry through strategic funding programmes and scientific services; and safeguard the marine environment through research and environmental monitoring.    The Institute works in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) and a network of other Government Departments, semi-state agencies, national and international marine partners.

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For the position of members representing civil society and food chain interests on the Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority.

As of 1 July 2022, a new composition of the Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will be put in place. Applications are therefore invited for the positions of members of the Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority demonstrating active involvement in organisations representing civil society and food chain interests. The duration of the term of office of the new members, will be four years, starting 1 July 2022.

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An overview report on official controls for fruit and vegetables in Europe covering a number of years has shown improvement, but areas of concern still remain.

European Union laws aim to ensure the microbiological safety of fruits and vegetables. To check these rules are followed by food businesses in primary production and processors, the authorities in all EU countries carry out official controls.

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There is little evidence to suggest a big change in microbial risk between freezing food on the use-by date compared to the day before, according to a review.

Food Standards Agency (FSA) guidance states that consumers can freeze pre-packed food up to the use-by date and, once food has been defrosted, it should be consumed within 24 hours.

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