A quarter of home cooks are nervous about cooking the Christmas meal, according to research by “safefood.”

The online poll of more than 300 adults across Northern Ireland in late November also found that one in six people aged between 18 and 34 years old will be cooking their first
Continue Reading Northern Irish home cooks nervous ahead of Christmas meal

Between USDA’s on-site verification audit of the United Kingdom’s meat inspection system July 15-Aug.2, 2019, and last Friday’s public release of the report, Britain left the European Union.

The report, which contains “no systemic findings,” does acknowledge the audit was conducted before Jan. 31, 2020, when the UK implemented Brexit
Continue Reading New equivalency audit for UK meat was completed under EU regulations

Almost half of businesses in England don’t display their food hygiene ratings, according to figures from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Rates of displaying stickers visible from outside the premises was 52 percent in England, 87 percent in Wales and 84 percent in Northern Ireland. Display became mandatory in Wales
Continue Reading Tourists, locals shouldn’t expect inspection scores on England’s restaurants; only half use stickers

Northern Ireland’s raw pork exports to the United States may continue after a favorable on-site audit of that country’s meat inspection system by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

FSIS let Northern Ireland’s Chief Veterinarian Robert Huey know the draft final report of the audit was available by letter
Continue Reading USDA gives gives green light to raw pork from Northern Ireland

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines,” said early-American philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson.

But in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, consistency gets greater appreciation. In its recent evaluation of USDA’s
Continue Reading OIG says USDA reviews of exporting countries are inadequate