Tag Archives: Seafood

Shellfish warning issued for food businesses

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) together with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), has reminded food businesses to only purchase live bivalve molluscs, such as mussels, from suppliers that are approved by the SFPA to place live shellfish on the market for human consumption.

This advice follows the seizure by SFPA officers of five tonnes of mussels which had been harvested illegally in the East Ferry area of Cork Harbour.

This area is currently closed for the harvesting of mussels due to the presence of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning toxins, which can cause serious illness.

A member of the public observed a person sorting bags of mussels on the shore in the East Ferry area of Cork Harbour and contacted the SFPA.

From the quantities involved and their investigations, the Sea-Fisheries Protection Officers believed it was likely the mussels were intended for sale for human consumption in the Cork area and, as a result of the associated health concerns, they confiscated the shellfish.

Susan Steele, Chair of SFPA, said: “The Irish shellfish industry has world-class systems in place to ensure that consumers worldwide can enjoy Irish seafood safely. When individuals ignore these systems they threaten public health and undermine the excellent reputation that Irish seafood enjoys”.

Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI added: “These mussels would have posed a risk to human health if they had made it into the food chain”.

Any food business that may have concerns about their shellfish supplier or the traceability documentation provided by them, should contact the SFPA at 023 885 9300

(Lead image via Sea Fisheries Protection Authority)


Part Twelve: Irish Food and Drink Producers Worth Getting to Know

Celebrating the best of what we grow, create and produce here in Ireland – this ongoing series looks at some of the many things we create here.

Here are five more producers that stood out for me this week:

Mella’s Fudge

Mella began making fudge for a local sweet shop in Bantry when she was in school.


Gradually her kitchen enterprise grew in scale and now she works from her own unit kitchen in Lisavaird Co-op, outside Clonakilty, West Cork.

Website: http://www.mellasfudge.com/

Goatsbridge Trout Farm

Founded in 1962, they’re one of the few trout farms that produce local products from start to finish; growing their fish through their whole life cycle.


Their fish live in natural earthen ponds, and they grade all of the trout according to weight and size.

Website: http://goatsbridgetrout.ie/

Fancy Fungi

Fancy Fungi began in 1998 to a profitable enterprise as a hobby! It became a partnership company run by Nikk George and Nickey Dempsey in 2001 and in 2006 it formed a limited company.


The only specialist in the region of cultivation, development and production of edible, exotic and gourmet mushrooms, they produce on average 700Kg to 1000Kgs of mushrooms per week!

Their products are naturally grown and chemical free and contain no animal by product.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fancy-Fungi/201606299852309?sk=timeline

Tempted? Irish Craft Cider

Davy Uprichard had an idea to set up ‘dj’s juice and cider’ and built a purpose built Cidery at his home outside Lisburn where hestarted pressing apples.


Founded in 2009, Tempted Irish Craft Cider is made in Northern Ireland from a blend of the finest Co. Armagh apples using traditional farmhouse methods to produce a lightly carbonated pure juice cider.

Website: http://www.temptedcider.com/

De Róiste Puddings

De Roiste Artisan Pudding began in Ballyvourney Co. Cork back in 2008 by Jimmy Allen who also owns a Heating and Plumbing company in the town.


With the help of his son Declan , they opened the shop with the family recipe been passed down through the generations from Declan’s great grandmother Elsie Roche.

Website: http://deroistepudding.blogspot.ie/

(All images via company website and Facebook pages)

Saba’s Lobsterfest is returning this September

Clarendon Street’s Vietnamese and Thai restaurant Saba is once again hosting their annual shellfish shindig in house this September.

Lobsterfest, running from Thursday 18th to Sunday 28th September will see diners tucking into lobster fresh from the shores of Inisboffin, along with freshly shucked oysters from Carlingford Lough.

Throughout the fest they’ll have a special menu, combining seafood with cocktails, wine and beer to match each dish.

Saba, 26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, is open seven days a week from 12 noon.

See www.sabadublin.com for the menu. Call 01 679 2000 or visit the restaurant to make a booking.


Fish and wine sale: the latest offers from SuperValu

Fan of teaming seafood and wine? Supervalu’s fish and wine sale will be running in stores until July 16th.

For those who love food from the sea, there are half-price offers on salmon in store that was €21.99 /kg now €10.99/kg.

Seabass fillets can be found for €3 each or €5 for two, while you can save 33% on fresh haddock (Add a marinade, butter or crumb with a side of potatoes or vegetables and you’ve a quick and easy meal sorted).

To accompany the meal you can grab a bottle of white wine to make a brilliant meal match – Santa Rita Sauvignon Blanc is €8 in stores.