Food safety ruling welcomed by FSAI

Dr. Pamela Byrne, FSAI chief executive
Dr. Pamela Byrne, FSAI chief executive

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has welcomed the ruling of Navan District Court against a meat wholesaler found in breach of food safety regulations

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22 June 2016 | 0

A recent decision by Navan District Court in a case involving serious breaches of food safety legislation has been welcomed by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. Keelaghan Wholesale Meats Ltd. of Ashbourne Industrial Estate, Ashbourne, Co. Meath, was found to be in breach of regulations with six offences.

These offences included: falsely declaring Irish origin for beef imported from Poland, Lithuania and Germany; the application of packaging labels and an inadequate beef traceability plan.

Keelaghan Wholesale Meats Ltd. was found guilty of six charges, and was fined a total of €16,000 with a further €10,000 as an agreed contribution to costs.

The case was brought by the FSAI following an investigation in conjunction with Meath County Council. The District Judge described the company’s breaches as not only a fraud on the consumer, but on the entire industry.

Dr. Pamela Byrne, CEO of the FSAI welcomed the ruling as a reminder that breaches of food law will not be tolerated. “Food businesses are obliged by law to ensure that the information they provide their customers is accurate,” Dr. Byrne said. “Customers need to have confidence in their food suppliers and should seek to assure themselves that the food they are purchasing is auythentic and that he integrity of the supply chain has not been compromised.”

 

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