European Consumer Centre (ECC) Ireland presents a round-up of the week’s consumer news – in case you missed it!


Consumer News Round-up – week ending 15th February 2019


IBEC’s Retail Ireland warns of Brexit price rises

The director of IBEC’s Retail Ireland, Thomas Burke, has warned that consumers here could face considerable price rises on some products in the event of a no-deal Brexit due to WTO tariffs.

Read the full article here: ‘No deal Brexit would see consumer prices rise – retail group’, by Brian Finn, RTÉ Business, 12th February 2019.


Irish consumers taking risks with food safety

A Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) survey has found that nearly half of Irish respondents do not pay full attention to use-by dates and six in 10 leave leftovers to cool out of the fridge overnight. The FSAI has now launched a five year strategy to improve consumers’ knowledge and bring about better enforcement of regulations.

Read the full article here: ‘Irish survey finds ‘risky’ food safety behaviour among most consumers’, by Joe Whitworth, Food Safety News, 13th February 2019.


CSO figures show rise in consumer prices

Figures from the Central Statistics Office show there was a rise of 0.7% in consumer prices in January compared to the same time last year with much of the increase due to higher rents and utility bills.

Read the full article here: ‘Higher rents and utility bills push consumer prices up’, RTÉ Business, 14th February 2019.