Along with the beef, bacon and cabbage, diners can expect to find a “potato-flaked bun” and baby kale adorned with Ballymaloe relish and Charleville cheese on the McMór burger. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

The fast-food chain McDonald’s has been forced to withdraw the term “artisan” from material promoting a new “Irish” burger which features bacon and ca(...)

Dishcloths: E. coli was present on over one-quarter of dishcloths and 14 per cent were contaminated with Listeria. Photograph: Thinkstock

Increasingly obsessed with keeping ourselves and our environment germ-free, many of us would prefer to live in a sterile world. Touch surfaces made fr(...)

Normally an extensive monitoring system catches  toxins before contaminated shellfish enter the supply chain, but on this occasion the fresh mussels made it to multiple retailers. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Thousands of portions of fresh mussels selling in multiple retailers across the State have been found to contain more than three times the legally per(...)

‘Governments don’t feel compelled to invest in a problem over which there is considerable apathy.’ Photograph: Getty Images

According to the McKinsey Global Institute, the cost of obesity to the UK National Health Service problem equals the combined costs of the entire poli(...)

Léan Kennedy (left) of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind: “Guide dogs are trained to sit under the table where their owner is sitting.” Photograph: Fennell Photography

Léan Kennedy gets a couple of phone calls a week from owners of guide or assistance dogs, saying that they’ve been refused access to food premises. “(...)

Seventeen food safety enforcement orders were issued against various premises in July, the third highest number ever distributed in one month during t(...)

Pearl River take away in Phibsborough, Dublin 7 which was issued a closure order last month. Photograph: Google street view

Eight businesses were served with closure orders last month for violations of food safety regulations. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) se(...)

Hot in the kitchen?: checking the temperature of food in a restaurant. Photograph: Photofusion/Universal via Getty

Last month the Food Safety Authority of Ireland forced 14 restaurants, takeaways and other food businesses to close after visits by environmental-heal(...)

The following Q&A has been compiled by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland What is BSE?: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) is a disease that(...)

Dr Pamela Byrne became chief executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland  in March

Food scares will always come and go, whether it’s horse meat, dioxins in pork or BSE. But when the next crisis arrives, there will be a new face le(...)