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Public Health Nutrition

Chair: Professor Kevin Cashman, University College Cork


  • Dr Annemarie Bennett, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr Cathy Breen, Health Service Executive
  • Prof. Lorraine Brennan, University College Dublin
  • Prof. Eileen Gibney, University College Dublin
  • Dr Laura Kehoe, Munster Technological University
  • Dr Eamon Laird, Atlantic Technological University
  • Dr SinĂ©ad McCarthy, Teagasc
  • Prof. Helen McNulty, Ulster University
  • Dr Emeir McSorley, Ulster University
  • Prof. Anne Molloy, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr Anne Nugent, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr Lisa Owens, St James’ Hospital
  • Dr Lisa Ryan, Atlantic Technological University
  • Dr Audrey Tierney, University of Limerick
  • Dr Janette Walton, Munster Technological University
  • Fiona Ward, the Department of Health
  • Prof. Mary Ward, Ulster University

Terms of Reference for the Public Health Nutrition Subcommittee 2021-2025

The Subcommittee operates under the aegis of the Scientific Committee of the FSAI with the following functions:

  1. To support the Scientific Committee by producing draft scientific reports related to public health nutrition, specifically:

(a) The nutritional content of food. 

(b) The safety and appropriateness of foods for specific groups and food supplements in the context of a balanced diet. 

(c) The content and effectiveness of national surveillance programmes for food supplements and fortified foods. 

(d) Emerging risks as defined by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) with regard to changing food consumption patterns and nutritional risks. 

(e)  Nutritional matters referred to the FSAI by the Department of Health. 

  1. To advise the Scientific Committee on the scientific content of work carried out by other organisations including:

(a) EFSA 

(b) World Health Organization 

(c) Academic institutions 

(d) Other national advisory bodies working on nutritional matters, e.g. SACN. 

  1. To peer-review scientific reports from the FSAI and provide opinions on legislative matters, as requested.
  2. To advise the Scientific Committee on research gaps and needs in the area of public health nutrition.
  3. To undertake any other work or assessments in the area of public health nutrition as proposed by the Subcommittee, subject to approval from the Scientific Committee.