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Friday, December 12, 2014

Ireland: WARNING Do Not Eat Belmont Organic Venison

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today advises consumers not to eat any Belmont Organic Venison products which they may have purchased, as these products were cut, minced and wrapped in an unapproved establishment.  This unapproved establishment was unsuitable and unhygienic for the purposes of food production.
The FSAI states that all Belmont Organic Venison products are implicated, including those sold   the National Crafts and Design Fair in the RDS (3-7 December 2014).
The FSAI operates an Advice Line on 1890 33 66 77 from 9.00am-5.00pm, Monday to Friday.
Why has this alert on venison been issued?
It has been identified that venison from Belmont Organic Vension has been cut, minced and wrapped in an unapproved cutting plant. The product has been recalled and consumers are being advised not to consume venison from this company.

What is meant by ‘unapproved’?
Certain types of food establishments must be approved for operation to ensure that they meet the specific hygiene requirements that apply to these types of businesses. These would include, for example, meat processing plants and establishments involved in cutting and packing meat (cutting plants).

If the establishments meet the requirements they are approved and allowed to operate. Approval is given by one of a number of State agencies (the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Local Authorities, the Health Service Executive, or the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority), depending on the activity. Once approved the establishment is given an approval number which must be displayed on all packaging/labels.

An unapproved establishment is one operating without the approval outlined above and as such the safety of the food produced by such a food business cannot be assured.

Is all venison from this company affected?
Yes, consumers are being advised not to consume any venison from Belmont Organic Venison.

What are the safety implications with the venison?
There are no specific issues or reports of illness associated with this venison. However, as the venison was cut in an unapproved plant we cannot ensure that it is safe to consume.

How do I know if the venison I have bought is safe to eat?
If the venison is from Belmont Organic Venison then you should not consume it and dispose of it or return it to the producer. Venison from other companies is not affected.
I have already bought venison from Belmont Organic Venison. What should I do?
You should not consume the venison and either dispose of it or return it to the shop where you bought it.
I have already eaten venison from Belmont Organic Venison, what should I do?
If you have already eaten the venison and feel unwell you should visit your GP and also report the incident to us using our 
online complaint form

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