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Acute gastroenteritis in Ireland, north and south: a telephone survey

The telephone survey of almost 10,000 households was carried out over 12 months and found that in any four-week period 4.5% of the population will have an episode of acute gastroenteritis. safefood Food safety The telephone survey of almost 10,000 househo ...

Foodborne infections & gastrointestinal disease on the island Of Ireland in 2002

This report is an examination and review of the clinical surveillance data collected in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. safefood Food safety A safe food consultation paper, ‘Towards the Enhancement of Foodborne Disease Surveillance’ indicate ...

A review of the health effects of stimulant drinks

Whether used as a mixer with alcohol or an energy booster taken alone, stimulant drinks have raised issues and concerns which are addressed in this report. safefood The Food Safety Promotion Board, following a request from the Minister of State at the Dep ...

Towards the enhancement of foodborne disease surveillance: A consultation paper

Foodborne disease is a source of increasing morbidity and fatality in the island of Ireland. It also has an economic impact. safefood Food safety Foodborne disease is a source of increasing morbidity and fatality in the island of Ireland. It also has an e ...

Fruit and vegetables

You’ve probably noticed that people are getting more and more into their health these days: going to the gym, buying fancy ‘functional foods’ packed with extra vitamins, calcium, and so on. That’s all great, but wha ...

Lean meat

<p class="heading-2">While it&rsquo;s handy to pick up some chicken nuggets or sausages to pop under the grill, these meats often contain more fat and salt than the fresh cuts. Lean meat on the other hand can be just as easy, as well a ...

Wholegrains

With all the choice available these days it can be easy to forget just how good regular foods can be. Take wholegrain breads for example. They contain carbohydrates, fiber, iron and B vitamins. They&rsquo;re real &lsquo;superfoods&rsquo; that ...

What you need to know about E. Coli 0157

E. coli O157 belongs to a large group of bacteria called Escherichia coli (or E. coli for short). Many E. coli are harmless and they occur naturally in the gut of animals and humans. One of these, E. coli O157, which is a harmless germ in cattle can cause ...

What you need to know about salmonella

Salmonella is a bacterium commonly found in the intestines of humans and animals. It can also be found on raw meats, poultry, eggs and in unpasteurised milk. Salmonella food poisoning (Salmonellosis) is an illness that can occur if live Salmonella bacteri ...

Cooking meat safely

Sometimes it&rsquo;s hard to tell when burgers and sausages are properly cooked and ready to eat. These meats can contain harmful bacteria throughout and it is important that they are cooked thoroughly to make them safe to eat. safefood Properly cooke ...

Fridge hygiene

There are some cool rules&nbsp;in this leaflet&nbsp;for making sure your fridge is a safe place to keep food. Keeping food correctly chilled in the fridge slows down the growth of bacteria. At temperatures between 5&deg;C and 63&deg;C (&am ...

Safe hands

We all know the dangers of dirty hands when it comes to food preparation, but did you know that a quick rinse under the tap doesn&rsquo;t actually get rid of dangerous germs? Most people don&rsquo;t dry their hands either, but leaving hands damp a ...

Picnic perfection

Far too often when we pack the picnic basket we leave behind the good habits that keep us safe from food poisoning at home. Here are a few simple tips to help you avoid potential perils of picnics. safefood Healthy eating Far too often when we pack the pi ...

How they measure up: A simple guide to food labelling

The aim of this leaflet is to help you pick out the information you need when you&rsquo;re trying to choose between food products. Labels may appear to be very different in shape and size, colour and design and in what they tell us about the food or d ...

Kid's food challenge

As parents and guardians many of you are making huge efforts to ensure your kids are eating healthily and limiting the number of sweets and unhealthy snacks they eat. You&rsquo;ll know already that some of these treat foods are okay as part of a healt ...

Burnt outside raw in the middle

Sometimes it&rsquo;s hard to tell when burgers and sausages are properly cooked and ready to eat. These meats can contain harmful bacteria throughout and it is important that they are cooked thoroughly to make them safe to eat. To check that a burger ...

BSE- how safe is beef today?

The Departments of Agriculture in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland monitor cattle to make sure that no BSE-infected cattle enter the food chain. Their strict controls mean that there is now an extremely low risk of contracting the human form o ...

Food on a low income- Four households tell their story

This research adds further insight into people&rsquo;s experience of food on a low income and it informs both policy and community based programmes such as community food initiatives and awareness campaigns.<br /> safefood Why low-income groups ...

How to prepare your baby's bottle

<br /> safefood Bottlefeeding If you have decided to bottle feed your baby, this booklet is for you. Like any food, powdered infant formula is not sterile. It may contain bacteria like E.sakazakii and Salmonella- that could make your baby sick, caus ...

Drug-related deaths and Drug-related deaths and deaths among drug users in Ireland: 2008 figures from the National Drug-Related Deaths Index January 2011

This paper presents new NDRDI figures on drug-related deaths and deaths among drug users in 2006 and 2007, and updates previously published figures for the years 1998-2005. Health Research Board Drug-related deaths This paper presents new NDRDI figures on ...