Teagasc has graduated its most recent recipients of the Teagasc/UCD Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management. The graduates were presented their diplomas by Minister of state at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle TD at a ceremony at the Teagasc Animal & Grassland, Research and Innovation Centre, Cork, on 2 December.
Corleggy Hard Raw Goats Milk Cheese won the World Super Gold Award at the 2016 World Cheese Awards in Spain. This award places the Corleggy cheese among the top 2% of world cheeses. Mother and son team of Silke and Tom Cropp were proud of the award: "“This prestigious international award means a whole lot to us", said Silke, "expert judges have ranked us to be among the finest cheeses in the world."
The Health and Safety Authority has announced that it is participating in a European-wide enforcement campaign to assess the presence of restricted chemicals in jewellery, glues and adhesives. The campaign is part of an inspection drive led by the European Chemicals Agency. The aim is to ensure these consumer products comply with the REACH Regulation, which is designed to improve chemicals safety in the European Union.
A report claims €83 billion and 790,000 jobs are lost in the EU every year due to counterfeiting and piracy. The figures come from the European Union Intellectual Property Office, which also estimates €885 million and over 3,500 jobs are lost in Ireland due to the same cause.
The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has been notified of a proposed acquisition of a wholesale distributor. Knockton Limited and certain assets of the licensed wholesale business of East Coast Suppliers Limited are to be acquire by Counterpoint Wholesale (Ireland) Limited. The deadline for any third parties who wish to make submissions regarding the competition aspects of this merger is 15 December, 2016.