Superbugs: there is a  need for guidelines on antibiotic prescribing to be simplified so that they can be applied more easily in everyday practice. Photograph: iStock

Imagine I told you of a new disease that was on track to become a bigger killer than cancer by 2050. You would be alarmed, I imagine, and want to know(...)

What many  manufacturers call curry sauce is really a ‘curry sauce powder mix’. File photograph:  Getty Images/iStockphoto

It was the billboard that did it. Beside a supermarket in leafy Dublin 6 there stood an advertisement for what appeared to be a satanic cult. Monks in(...)

 Martin Higgins, chairman, FSAI and Dr Pamela Byrne, CEO, FSAI. Photograph:  Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has developed a new DNA tool that will enhance the ability to fight food fraud. It enables the entire genetic con(...)

Alison Connolly and Dr Marie Coggins,  both from the School of Physics at NUI Galway   who carried out the research. Photograph: NUI Galway.

Professional horticulturalists and regular gardeners are not exposed to significantly high levels of the weedkiller glyphosate, a study by scientists (...)

The herbicide Roundup, which contains glyphosate, is manufactured by the Monsanto company, a unit of German pharmaceutical company Bayer AG, in St Louis, USA. Photograph: Steffen Schmidt/EPA

The weedkiller glyphosate, which is sold under the trade name Roundup, will continue to be licensed for use in Ireland in spite of a US court awarding(...)

Minister for the Environment Denis Naughten: GMO cultivation-free status is “a key element of our international reputation as a green, sustainable food producer”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A proposal “to restrict or prohibit” cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is to be put to the Cabinet on Tuesday by M(...)

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, the most commonly used herbicide in the world. Photograph: Reuters/Denis Balibouse

The first study of exposure in adults to glyphosate, the most commonly used pesticide in Ireland, has found the general population is subjected to “lo(...)

Frozen chips have become popular with those who don’t have time to make their own. Photograph: iStock

Oven chips are surprisingly easy to make. Just cut up a few potatoes, sprinkle with oil, salt and maybe a few spices or herbs and put them in the oven(...)

Although cows at grass have better welfare than those housed indoors, Prof Daniel Weary warns against assuming that once cows are outside all welfare issues are resolved. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As marketing goes, having Beyonce and Jay Z on your side is the stuff of dreams. To the delight of vegans, the pair took to social media recently to p(...)

Additives – concerns have been raised in recent years about potential ill-effects on cardiovascular health following two studies

Rashers have got such a bad rap lately, you might wonder if it is even worth reading the packet when you buy them. But it is. Scrutinise the list of i(...)

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