Dirty plasters in curry and fake nails in chips among the complaints made to FSAI last year

By Simon Kelly

March 20, 2023 at 3:00pm


There are some pretty nasty examples in here.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) have revealed that food safety complaints are up 18 per cent across the country, continuing an upward trend across the decade.

A total of 7,363 queries and complaints were handled by the FSAI Advice Line last year. There were 4,058 complaints from consumers, with 31 per cent of complaints relating to unfit food and 28 per cent to poor hygiene standards.

The Authority also released some pretty graphic examples of what feature among the complaints last year.

Just a warning for the next paragraph, there are some not-very-appetising cases mentioned.


Irish food safety complaints are up almost 20 per cent for 2022.

Foreign body contamination of food was frequently reported in 2022.

The most commonly reported objects in food were pieces of glass, wood, plastic, paper, metal, hairs, small stones, medicine tablets, and insects.

Among the examples named in the report were a live snail in a pack of spinach, live maggots in fried chicken, part of a disposable glove in a rocky road biscuit, a dirty and possibly bloody plaster in a curry and a false nail in garlic cheese chips.

Nasty stuff.

The second most frequently reported topic is related to poor hygiene standards.

Hygiene issues reported included fish deliveries left outside in the sun, excessive flies and overall dirty food business premises, rodent droppings spotted, bathrooms lacking soap, and staff not washing hands and other poor staff hygiene habits.

Dr Pamela Byrne, chief executive of the FSAI, said the authority "commend members of the public, as well as the food industry for reporting food safety issues."

She added that "the increase in complaints is a positive indication of people’s heightened awareness of their right to expect high standards of hygiene and food safety in relation to food."

We hope that didn't ruin your appetite for lunch.

This article originally appeared on JOE 

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