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Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority of Ireland Supports Molluscan Shellfish Safety Updates at Regional Information Events 2017

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA), the independent regulator for the sea-fishing and seafood sectors in conjunction with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), the Marine Institute and Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) are hosting a series of shellfish information events for the fishing industry around the country this October and November. Biotoxin sampling and reporting, microbiological classification, new legislation, Food Safety Management Systems, food incidents, new risks and exports are among the many topics that will be covered at the events, which are free to attend.

11th October 2017

The informal events are an opportunity for all those involved in the shellfish industry to learn more about the role of the Irish Shellfish Monitoring Programme and how it assists industry to ensure that live bivalve molluscs placed on the market meet the highest standards of food safety.

Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI said: “We want to ensure safe and trustworthy seafood for everyone. A collaborative food safety community dedicated to raising food standards continuously and maintaining a culture of excellence is central to achieving this. In an ever changing environment where legislation and new business practices have to adapt on a continuous basis, it is important that those in the sector keep abreast of the latest information that can have an influence on their operations. These events are a unique opportunity for the sea-fisheries and seafood industries to get the latest information on food safety and have any queries they might have answered directly by experts.”

Dr Susan Steele, Chair, SFPA, said: “Export markets for Irish seafood are growing rapidly, offering enormous opportunities to the Irish sea-fisheries and seafood sectors and we want to help ensure this continues. Consumer trust in the quality and safety of Ireland’s seafood produce is integral to the continued expansion of the sector and that requires trust and confidence at an international level in the robustness of the control systems in place in Ireland.”

The upcoming information events will be held between 9 am and 1 pm at six locations around the country between Tuesday, 17th October and Thursday, 2nd November. To register for one of these free half day events please go to the FSAI website: www.fsai.ie/events or phone Lorna Tallon on 01 – 8171398.

Details on the events are below:

Tuesday, 17th October

The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry

Wednesday, 18th October

Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority, Clonakilty, Co Cork

Thursday, 19th October

Waterford Institute of Technology Arena, Co Waterford

Tuesday, 24th October

Mill Park Hotel, Co. Donegal

Wednesday, 25th October

Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, Galway

Thursday, 2nd November

Clarion Hotel, Dublin 22

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