The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has announced that it will host a webinar on the topic of shelf-life on Tuesday, 20 September 2022 from 10.00 am – 10.45 am.
The upcoming broadcast is apart of the FSAI's ‘Breakfast Bite’ webinars, a series of free, informal virtual meetings for food businesses and for people who may be thinking of setting up a food business.
Participants will hear Mary Lenahan of the FSAI discuss how food businesses can safely set and validate the shelf-life of any food they manufacture.
While the overarching responsibility for food safety rests with food business operators, there is no generic method to estimate and set food shelf-life, the group noted.
Depending on the circumstance, the responsibility may also fall to secondary manufacturers (co-packers) such as re-packers, food caterers, food retail manufacturers and others, it added.
During this webinar, Lenahan will outline good practice for food businesses and participants will have the chance to ask questions following her presentation.
Encouraging people to sign up for the 'Breakfast Bite' webinar, Dr Pamela Byrne, CEO, FSAI said, “The food industry must have a valid basis for the shelf-life they assign to their food products. Consumers must be able to trust that the food they are buying has been prepared safely and that an accurate shelf-life is indicated.
"By attending this event, food business operators can learn to estimate, set and verify the safety of food over its shelf-life using resources the FSAI has developed for food businesses."
Strong Understanding of Responsibilities
Lenahan highlighted that it is crucial that all food businesses have a strong understanding of their responsibilities in this area to ensure consumer health is protected, she added.
"This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have to ensure your food business is fully compliant with food safety legislation.”
The FSAI is the statutory body responsible for ensuring food produced, distributed or marketed in Ireland complies with food safety and hygiene standards, best practice codes and legal requirements.
The webinar is free of charge and the link to register can be found here.