News: Northern Ireland

Science report on exciting developments in whole-genome sequencing published

13 April 2016
The FSA has today published the new Science Report by its Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Guy Poppy. In this third issue of the Science Report, Professor Poppy looks at whole-genome sequencing, the science of mapping the genetic make-up of micro-organisms, and how this new technology can help the FSA’s work to ensure food is safe and authentic.

Voluntary Labelling of Country of Origin

25 March 2016
European food labelling legislation Regulation (EU) No. 1169/2011 on Food Information to Consumers introduced in December 2014 sets out requirements for ‘voluntary labelling’- including country of origin - stating that any additional voluntary claims must not mislead, be ambiguous or confuse consumers.

Launch of the New Eatwell Guide

23 March 2016
The Eatwell Guide has been launched by the FSA in Northern Ireland to replace the Eatwell plate and now reflects updated dietary recommendations, including those on sugar, fibre and starchy carbohydrates from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) report on Carbohydrates and Health in 2015.

New appointments to the FSA Board

16 March 2016
The Food Standards Agency has announced four new appointments to the FSA Board. David Brooks, Rosie Glazebrook, Stewart Houston and Paul Williams will serve an initial three year term ending in 2019.

Selfridges Christmas Puddings recalled due to the presence of mould

3 March 2016
The manufacturer, Melrose and Morgan, is recalling its Christmas Puddings produced for Selfridges, with a ‘best before’ date of 30 April 2016, due to the presence of mould. Although Christmas puddings are a seasonal product and it is likely that they will already have been eaten, some may still be held by consumers, as the 'best before' date is still current.

Orthodox Coconut Palm brand Coconut Juice recalled due to undeclared milk

15 December 2015
Orthodox Coconut Palm brand Coconut Juice is recalled from consumers because the product contains milk protein, which is not mentioned in the ingredients list. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone who is allergic to or intolerant of milk or its constituents.

Educating in Excellence

9 December 2015
The FSA in NI facilitated a half day training event for district council Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) on 25th November 2015.