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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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FSAI recalls all meat processed in unapproved establishment

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has issued a recall of all Ballinwillin House Farm venison, wild boar and goat minced meat and meat preparations.

According to the authority, the items were processed in a Mitchelstown, Co. Cork-based establishment that is not approved for the production of minced meat or meat preparations.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the FSAI, said: “The products were produced without relevant HACCP based procedures and were not subject to official controls.”

“Retailers are requested to remove the implicated products from sale and to display a point-of-sale recall notice in stores where the affected products were sold.”

“Wholesalers/distributors are requested to contact their affected customers and recall the affected products and provide a point-of-sale recall notice to their retailer customers. Caterers should not use implicated products.”

Ballinwillin House Farm – items recalled

A recall has been issued for the following items (all batch codes, all use-by dates) with an approval number of IE-2930-EC:

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  • Venison burgers;
  • Wild boar burgers;
  • Goat burgers;
  • Venison mince;
  • Goat mince;
  • Wild boar mince;
  • Venison sausages;
  • Wild boar sausages.

The FSAI has advised consumers not to eat the implicated batches.

Unregistered food businesses

In other news, earlier this week, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) reported that, in collaboration with its official agencies, investigations were carried out into 47 unregistered food businesses in 2020.

These unregistered food businesses were operating illegally without the knowledge or supervision of the competent authorities.

Some of these food businesses were established in domestic kitchens or private dwellings with inadequate food safety processes, procedures, and facilities in place, as a result of the temporary closure of the food business, in which the people were employed due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

The food businesses were producing, processing or distributing various foods such as baked goods, eggs; ready-to-eat sushi products; poultry; and both raw and cooked meats.

Food law requires all food businesses to be notified to the relevant competent authority irrespective of the size or type of food business prior to operating.

This requirement ensures that food businesses will be registered and/or approved with the appropriate inspection agency to ensure food safety and protect consumer health. The food business owner is legally responsible for ensuring that the food they produce is safe to eat.

Following each investigation, the FSAI, in collaboration with the food inspectors, may take appropriate enforcement action to ensure consumer health is protected.

In 2020, the FSAI issued five closure orders, five compliance notices and three prohibition orders to unregistered/unapproved food businesses.

In addition to these, two warrants were obtained to gain access to unregistered food businesses running their business from a domestic dwelling.

The investigations also resulted in 17 tonnes of unfit and/or unsafe food taken off the market in Ireland.

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