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Friday 27 January 2023 Dublin: 4°C

# Contamination

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# food alert
Over 40 recalls of food contaminated with pesticide ethylene oxide - and more expected
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland have recalled over 40 products since September 2020 due to ethylene oxide contamination.
Ethylene oxide has been banned in the European Union since 1981.
Many of the recalled items contain contaminated sesame seeds from India.
However, another some contain contaminated locust bean gum, and the source of this contamination is unknown, Emma Taggart reports.
# septic tanks
Over half of septic tanks failed their 2020 inspection, says EPA
Over a fifth were also found to be a risk to human life or the environment.
# Contamination
More batches of own-brand supermarket water recalled amid contamination fears
This is the latest in a series of recalls for Celtic Pure bottled water, which first began back in July.
# lactalis
UK and China included in global recall of baby formula over salmonella fears
Lactalis has recalled nearly 7,000 tonnes of formula after over two dozen babies fell ill in France.
# Dublin
Swimming ban extended at Loughshinny due to 'unacceptable levels of contamination'
The extended ban on swimming is likely to last at least 72 hours.
# Changing colour
Dogs are turning blue in Mumbai because of contaminated water
A factory accused of dumping dye into a river in Mumbai where several dogs turned blue has been shut down.
# Contamination
15 infants die in South Sudan after children as young as 12 years old administer measles vaccine
The children died of “severe sepsis/toxicity”, the UN said.
# Contamination
'Questions need to be asked' after outbreak of superbug at Dublin hospital
The CPE superbig was identified in Tallaght Hospital in mid-2015.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you recycle?
Just one piece of contaminated packaging can ruin an entire recycling bin.
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QUIZ: How Many Of These Simple Recycling Facts Do You Know?
Think you’re fairly green? Let’s find out…
# Pollution
Fingal County Council issues warning about another three beaches
The council said there was water overflow from a pump station due to heavy rainfall.
# Contamination
Replacing lead pipes could cost affected homeowners up to €5,000
The government has announced a grant scheme to help low-income families to replace their pipes.
# Chernobyl
'A ticking timebomb': contamination shield at Chernobyl delayed due to Ukrainian crisis
Adi Roche said that a large amount of “highly unstable” radioactive material was still present at the site of the 1986 disaster.
# Contamination
Water meters installed in Castlerea despite four years of boil water notices
A local councillor said it was “unacceptable” that the issues with water contamination was not fixed before the meters were put in.
# Horsemeat
ABP takes legal action against Polish food supplier over horsemeat scandal
The meat processing company says the Polish food supplier was in breach of contract.
# Horse Meat
People buying fewer frozen burgers after horse meat scandal
The Food Safety Authority said that people are spending more time reading labels after the scandal.
# bug
Crumlin Hospital says it mistakenly told 18 families their children may have been infected
However the children’s hospital now says there’s a new group of seven children who may have been contaminated with a bug.
# HSE
HSE: No 'on-going' CJD risk in Beaumont Hospital
It also said that a review has been undertaken to determine what, if any, risk may exist for other patients.
# Japan
Fukushima 'probably leaking contaminated water into ocean'
The leak was long suspected by experts, but denied by the plant’s operator.
# Virus
Deadly new virus sparks call for 'urgent actions' to prevent spread
There have been 33 confirmed cases of human infection since September last year, including 18 deaths.
# Contamination
IKEA pulls 18,000 moose lasagnes over mislabelling worries
Traces of pork were found in the meal.
# Horse Meat
Goodman: Horse DNA tests could be contaminated 'by the air'
The man behind Silvercrest Foods breaks his silence as Dutch authorities say they are investigating a possible source of DNA.
# Horse Meat
Oireachtas meeting on horse burgers delayed by new findings
TDs have decided to hold off on meeting to discuss the horse meat developments until all appropriate information is available.
# Burgers
Source of contaminated beef burgers identified, says ABP
The company said it believed it had “established the source of the contaminated material to one of these two suppliers” following yesterday evening’s Department of Agriculture results,
# Your Say
Poll: Will the horse meat controversy stop you from buying beef burgers?
An inquiry has been launched to find out why 10 beef burger products tested positive for horse DNA. Does this turn you off buying beef burgers?
# Explosion
Two dead in explosion at Quebec pharmaceutical plant
Officials have not yet confirmed the cause of the explosion in which 19 people were also injured.
# Baby Food
Oat bars recalled... over possible insect contamination
The Annabel Karmel oaty chewy bars, which are aimed at children, are being taken off Tesco and Disney Store shelves.
# Balbriggan
Balbriggan beach reopens and is deemed safe for swimming
The beach was closed earlier this week after raw sewage was discharged into the sea.
# Cork Beaches
Cork beaches remain closed as technical difficulty delays E.coli test results
Water quality concerns sparked seven beach closures in Co Cork last week.
# Water
Clontarf water disruption: DCC says water can be boiled for use
In photos: Tankers supply water as testing continues in St Lawrence district metre area of north Dublin.
# what the frack?
EPA fracking study reveals potential impact on groundwater and earthquakes
The study, commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency, states that groundwater contamination is the most serious local environmental concern.
# Costa Concordia
Fuel detected in sea around capsized Costa Concordia
But it’s thought the substance is diesel from machinery aboard the stricken cruise ship – not the heavy fuel oil from its huge tanks.
# Limerick
1,500 without water as Limerick contamination 'worse than initially feared'
Water tankers are in place in west Limerick after a volume of oil entered the river Deel on Thursday night.
# Limerick
Council hopes to restore water supply after shut off in Limerick
Some 1,500 households in Askeaton, Foynes, Shanagolden, Creeves and surrounding areas have had their water supply shut off overnight.
# Ecoli
Don't eat raw bean sprouts: a warning from the Food Safety Authority
Irish authorities say there is a concern that contaminated seeds are on the market, and have issued a warning against eating sprouted seeds.
# Ecoli
E.coli outbreak 'could last months'
The head of Germany’s public health body has admitted that that “we may never know” the true source of the contamination, which has now claimed 17 lives.