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Irradiated Food Surveillance

The FSAI is responsible for the enforcement of legislation governing irradiated food. In its role as Competent Authority, the FSAI monitors the Irish market to ensure that only foods authorised for irradiation within the EU are on sale and that they are labelled correctly. Surveys are undertaken by the Health Service Executive (HSE) on behalf of the FSAI.

There are three Public Analyst Laboratories in the HSE. These laboratories are accredited to ISO 17025, by the Irish National Accreditation Board, for a comprehensive range of analytical methods. The Public Analyst Laboratories in Cork and Galway are responsible for screening foods to detect irradiated material.

Foods suspected as having been irradiated are sent to a commercial laboratory for confirmation using a more sensitive technique.


To look at surveys carried out on irradiated foods click on a link below

Industry Action Plans in Response to 2003 Survey: