Insects, cigarette butts and human nails in food among most horrific complaints to Food Safety Authority
A live insect, human hair and nails and a cigarette butt were some of the complaints received by the Food Safety Authority last year, as it also reported a 45% increase in food poisoning complaints.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s (FSAI) Advice Line received 3,202 complaints by consumers relating to food, food premises and food labelling in 2016.
The figure represents a total increase of 17% on 2015 (when 2,739 were received), with the number of complaints about food poisoning were up 45%.
Poor hygiene standards were the second highest reported, with an increase of 34%, as compared with 2015.
Complaints about incorrect information on food labelling were up 15%.
The number of complaints about unfit food was up 7%, when compared with 2015.
Contamination of food with foreign objects was frequently reported by consumers.
In 2016, these reports included allegations of food contaminated with insects and glass, as well as other foreign objects.