How is food safety enforced?

The FSAI enforces food safety legislation in Ireland through service contracts with official agencies.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland Act, 1998 contains enforcement provisions which are in addition to the powers to prosecute and other provisions on specific pieces of food legislation. The provisions in the FSAI Act, 1998 provide a means of reacting to and dealing with situations posing a risk to public health.

Enforcement is carried out by authorised officers appointed by the FSAI or its official agents under Section 49 of the Act. The powers granted to these officers are detailed in Sections 50 and 51 of the Act.



Enforcement Reports (information on premises closures, improvement and prohibition orders as well as prosecutions).

Last reviewed: 17/7/2018