An overview of the legislative framework behind the FSAI and how the Authority works with official agencies.
An Act to provide for the establishment of a body to be known as the Food Safety Authority of Ireland or Údarás Sábháilteachta Bia na hÉireann and to define its functions and to amend the Radiological Protection Act, 1991, and to provide for related matters. [8th July, 1998]
The FSAI is responsible for the enforcement of all 'food legislation' in Ireland. The Authority carries out this enforcement function through 'service contracts' with official agencies. Section 48 of the FSAI Act, 1998 gives the legislative basis for this. These contracts outline an agreed level and standard of food safety activity that the agencies perform as agents of the Authority.