The number of hygiene and safety complaints received by the Irish food agency in 2023 was higher than previous years, according to statistics recently released.

A total of 7,732 complaints and queries were handled by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s (FSAI) Advice Line in 2023.

There were 4,395 complaints from consumers, with more than 1,400 relating to poor hygiene standards, almost 1,200 to unfit food and 1,175 to suspected food poisoning. Overall, complaints rose 8.3 percent in 2023 compared with 4,058 in 2022, which continued an upwards trend over the past decade.

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