After the reported theft of a consignment of meat, the FSAI has alerted consumers and businesses to the risks of buying meat from unapproved sources
Jun 13 2012
FSAI cautions on purchasing meat from unapproved source
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has stated that it has been informed of a reported theft of a consignment of beef meat from a Dublin-based meat wholesaler, which may pose a health risk to consumers. The FSAI is alerting both consumers and food businesses of the risks involved and reminding food businesses of their legal obligation only to purchase meat from approved sources having checked all appropriate documentation. Similarly, the FSAI warns consumers not to purchase any meat sold from unregistered outlets or unregistered door-to-door sales.
The alert arises following the theft of between 41 to 43 boxes (roughly 20-24 kilos per box) of beef containing prime cuts, rolled rib of beef and knuckle. The FSAI advises that any break in the cold chain between the time the meat was stolen and when it may be sold could result in a serious health risk to consumers, particularly given the recent hot weather.
“There is no way of knowing whether meats purchased from unregistered sources adhere to food safety requirements around storage and handling,” states Professor Alan Reilly, chief executive, FSAI. “Proper storage and handling of beef at all times is a critical element in food safety management. As such, we are urging food businesses and consumers alike to be vigilant against purchasing meats from unregistered sources at any time.”
The FSAI is asking businesses and consumers who notice any suspicious sales of meat to contact the authority on 1890 336677.