Food Safety Authority's hub to get its teeth into fraud
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) is set to establish a central intelligence hub which will help to identify fraudulent and deceptive practice in the agri-food chain.
According to the state agency, the move is in response to "instances of fraudulent and deceptive activity in agri-food chains" which have been identified by food authorities. It said European institutions recognised the need to strengthen food control systems through the development of an "intelligence-led" collaborative working arrangement.
In a statement to Ergo, the FSAI said: "The establishment of the central intelligence hub will provide the structure and capability to capture and evaluate data and information to enable official agencies in Ireland to support risk-based decision making and ensuring appropriate action is taken.
"The system will maximise Ireland's response to fraudulent and deceptive practices in the food chain."
In addition to meeting its legal obligations under EU law, the hub will help the authority to facilitate earlier interventions in response to instances of fraudulent practice.
It is also set to increase the FSAI's ability to protect consumers and help those in the industry complying with the rules to mitigate the threat from fraud in the agri-food chain.
The FSAI has issued a request for tender seeking an electronic intelligence management system with additional investigation and case management functionality for the hub.
Interested suppliers have until August 14 to submit tender applications.
Temporary change granted for student accommodation
Investment fund NTM Capital has been granted permission by An Bord Pleanala to temporarily change its 289-bed student accommodation building on the site of the former Nolan Seafood factory in Rathdown Road, Dublin to accommodation for tourist and visitor use.
The fund behind the development, which is under construction, sought the temporary change to a planning condition that the site would only be occupied as student accommodation.
The permitted change will apply over the academic year, from September 2020 to the end of May 2021, at which point the original condition will be applicable. The proposal was made due to Covid-19 and the potential impact on the progress of construction at the development. It added student numbers could be reduced due to travel bans.
Sunday Indo Business