Investigation into retailer mislabelling mushrooms

The Department of Agriculture has confirmed that it has investigated the mislabelling of mushrooms by a Dublin retailer.

Fallon & Byrne on Dublin’s Exchequer Street has already apologised to a Limerick-based producer for labelling mushrooms that they did not supply with their brand name.

Last Sunday, Ballyhoura Mushrooms tweeted that it had recently started supplying Fallon & Byrne, but that it had not received an order from the store last week.

The Ballylanders-based producer subsequently discovered that the store was selling mushrooms that it had not supplied, with Ballyhoura labels.

Ballyhoura Mushrooms also tweeted that it had submitted a complaint on the matter to the Department of Agriculture.

Fallon & Byrne issued a statement apologising for what it described as an “honest mistake.”

“This was an honest mistake and human error on our part whereby an identical mushroom was mislabelled.

“Our controls failed in this instance and we have taken measures to ensure this won’t happen again.

“We have contacted the supplier in this instance to apologise and explain the error. We are not in the business of passing off or misidentifying products.

“We purchase from and support countless small producers and always endeavour to act honestly and fairly,” the statement read.

A spokesperson for the department said: “The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine takes labelling very seriously and any complaint received by the department is investigated.

“The department can confirm that a complaint was received in relation to the mislabelling of mushrooms and the complaint has been investigated. The department also replied to the complainant on the matter.”


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