Irish consumers are being warned not to take certain food supplements following revelations that they are linked to liver disorders.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) say people should stay away from a number of food supplements that can pose serious health risks and that have been identified for sale in the Irish retail sector and through online sources.
OxyELITE Pro Super
Today the groups jointly stated that four products from the OxyElite Pro range should not be purchased or taken by anyone. They include the following OxyELITE Pro Super - Thermo capsules
The named products and others in the OxyELITE Pro range, have been associated with severe liver disorders, including hepatitis and liver failure, with one case reported in Ireland to date.
It's understood that they contain an ingredient known as 'Aegeline' and are being investigated in the US where a large number of cases of non-viral hepatitis have been reported, including one fatality and some people requiring liver transplants.
Ray Ellard, Director of Consumer Protection, FSAI alerted the retail sector to immediately remove these products from sale. Anyone who has these products at home is advised not to consume them and to dispose of them.
“Outlets, such as gyms, sports supplement retailers and businesses selling supplements from websites are being asked to remove these products from sale and to clearly display a point-of-sale notice if they sold the products in the past,” Ellard said.
“People are taking a serious risk by taking these products. We know that OxyELITE Pro has, in the past, contained another unsafe ingredient and is now linked as a possible cause of acute hepatitis."
He also said that consumers should not purchase any of the products online as there was no guarantee of their safety or what they actually contained.
According to John Lynch, Director of Compliance for the IMB, anyone who may have consumed these products and has concerns about their health should seek medical advice. He also noted that some of these products have, in the past, included a medicinal active substance rendering those packs illegal medicines in Ireland.
“People are advised that, if they are feeling any ill effects after taking any of these products, they should contact their doctor and, if possible, present the product in question. We believe people are seeking these products for a number of reasons including weight loss, energy boosting and muscle building."
Mr Lynch said the IMB are seriously urge people not to buy or consume the products as they can cause a significant risk to your health.
IRELAND: Parents are to be given the power to decide on school uniform policies in an effort to cut costs.
The Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn has moved to tackle the cost of school uniforms by strengthening the role of parents in how schools decide their uniform policies.
Department officials and education partners will compile a template questionnaire that schools can use to consult with parents on uniforms matters.
All schools that have uniform policies, or are contemplating one, will use this template/questionnaire to ballot parents to allow them decide on the type of uniform, or if they desire a uniform for their children for the 2014/15 school year.
PROPOSED PARENT OPTIONS
It's understood that parents will have the opportunity to vote on a series of options such as:
Minister Quinn said that empowering parents to determine school uniform policy is the most effective way to tackle back to school costs.
The Department is also working on developing a 'parents charter' that will further strengthen the position of parents generally within the school system.
“I have consistently said that schools should listen to the parents on this matter, since it is parents who incur the costs arising from the decisions that schools make. Balloting all parents should ensure that a school fully captures the views of its parent body,” the minister said.
The Department will issue the template questionnaire to schools by the end of this month and schools are should complete the ballots by the end of February. This will give Boards of Management adequate time to consider the parents’ wishes and to determine the schools uniform policy for the next school year, according to Minister Quinn.
Struggling small businesses can soon save on legal fees by applying for examinership in the Circuit Court rather than the High Court.
The Companies Registration (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013 will, allow small businesses to apply for examinership in the Circuit Court where legal fees are on average 30 per cent lower than in the High Court, according to the Department of Justice.
Other provisions contained in the Bill include a measure aimed at reducing the cost of compliance for businesses by making it easier to file statutory accounts online.
The bill was was published today by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton and Minister for Small Business, John Perry.
Minister Bruton said that this is a measure aimed at supporting businesses with potential for growth and job-creation, but who are being held back by legacy debt problems associated with the crisis.
Publishing the legislation, the minister said: “Small businesses are central to our growth and jobs plans. They employ over a third of all people at work in Ireland".
He said that many of these businesses have great growth potential, but face legacy debt problems after the crisis, due to factors such as bad property investments, unsustainable rents, and the legacy of a number of difficult years of trading.
Todays bill will mean that it will be cheaper and easier for businesses to restructure their debts and give them a greater chance of overall survival.
“This is part of a programme of measures which we are putting in place through the Action Plan for Jobs to support SMEs, including for example a streamlined support service for small and micro-businesses with the establishment of the local enterprise offices," Minister Bruton said.
Other measures will include a range of new credit schemes totalling more than €2billion in new funding for businesses.
HEALTH: Construction of Ireland's new children's hospital is not expected to start until spring of 2015 according to Health Minister, Dr. James Reilly.
In a statement released today on the first anniversary of the Government's decision to locate the new hospital on the St James's site the Minister Reilly said the aim was to secure planning permission by December of next year.
“The building of this hospital is a government priority and capital funding has been set aside for its delivery. This flagship project will serve generations of Irish children. No effort will be spared in expediting its completion”, Minister Reilly said.
"The decision to choose the St James’s site from among the range of options presented in the Dolphin report ensures that the planned co-location with an adult hospital and, ultimately, tri-location with a maternity hospital, will be delivered," Dr Reilly added.
The three existing paediatric hospitals in Dublin – Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Children’s University Hospital Temple Street, and the paediatric service at Tallaght Hospital welcomed the move to merge the three hospitals into a single large facility that will also co-locate on the site with an adult teaching hospital.
Minister Reilly also announced today that applicants for the post of Programme Director for the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB) are now being shortlisted for interview.
The new Programme Director will lead the project and be responsible directly to the NPHDB.
He said that the Government had restructured the NPHDB to enable it to focus on the single function of building the new hospital.
In August, the Minister appointed Mr. Tom Costello as Chair of the NPHDB, along with the appointment of 12 board members.
This month also saw the appointment of Eilísh Hardiman as CEO of the Children’s Hospital Group.
FOOD SAFETY: Chief Executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has warned food businesses to be extra vigilant regarding food safety, especially in the busy run up to Christmas.
Prof. Alan Reilly made the comments after noting what he called the 'continuing high level of enforcement orders being served on businesses' by the FSAI.
A total of 121 orders have been served so far this year in comparison with last year's overall total of 109.
"There can be no excuse for putting consumers’ health at risk through negligent practices. It's of particular importance over the coming weeks that food businesses properly prepare for the lead up to Christmas and ensure that they can cope safely with the increased volumes of food they may supply,” stated Prof. Reilly.
October saw a total of 11 enforcement orders served on Irish premises, including nine closure orders and two prohibition orders for breaches of food safety legislation.
All of the orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE).
Four Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
• Good World Restaurant, 18 Great George’s Street South, Dublin 2
• The Parish Pump (public house), Rosbercon, New Ross, Wexford
• Tasty Chinese Take Away, The Square, Dromcollogher, Limerick
• Eurospar (supermarket) (Closed area: bakery and delicatessen counter), Skerries Point Shopping Centre, Skerries, Co. Dublin
Five Closure Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:
• Oriental Kitchen Ltd (restaurant), Unit 5, Strand Centre, Strand Road, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin
• Beriozka (grocery) (Closed Activities: 1. All handling & sale of raw meat products ex. Pre-packaged raw & cooked meat products. 2. All preparation & cooking of burgers & preparation of ready-to-eat foodstuffs. 3. Sale of products not supplied by an approved supplier), Bellefield Road, Enniscorthy, Wexford
• Tom’s Bakery, Unit 3, Knocknabohilly Industrial Estate, Farmlane, Kinsale, Cork
• The Village Takeaway, Kill, Waterford
• Turkuaz Turkishk (restaurant), 36 Washington Street, Cork
One Prohibition Order was served under the FSAI Act, 1998:
• John Doyles Bar, 160 Phibsborough Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 7
One Prohibition Order was served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:
• Gilligan’s Butcher Shop, Old Church Street, Manorhamilton, Leitrim
A successful prosecution was carried out by the HSE against Dillingers Restaurant Limited, 47 Ranelagh, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.
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