Information about the FOI body

Who we are and what we do

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) was established under the Food Safety Authority of Ireland Act, 1998. This Act was enacted in July 1998 and came into effect on 1 January 1999.

The principal function of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland is to take all reasonable steps to ensure that food consumed, produced, distributed or marketed in the State meets the highest standards of food safety and hygiene reasonably available and to ensure that food complies with legal requirements, or where appropriate with recognised codes of good practice.

The Authority is a statutory, independent and science-based body, dedicated to protecting public health and consumer interests in the area of food safety and hygiene. It comes under the aegis of the Minister for Health and currently has a board of ten. It also has a 15 member Scientific Committee that assists and advises the Board. Therefore, decisions relating to food safety and hygiene take account of the latest and best scientific advice and information available.

Our Strategic Plan 2016-2018

Organisation structure

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Location and contact details

The FSAI office is located in The Exchange, George's Dock, IFSC, D01 P2V6, Dublin 1. See contact details for FSAI offices
We can be contacted by phone - 01 8171300 or Lo-call (Advice Line) on 1890 336677. We can also be contacted by email at:   

Contracts and Memoranda of Understanding

The FSAI carries out its enforcement activities through service contacts with various official agencies, namely:

We also have Memoranda of Understanding with the following agencies:

Annual Report

The annual reports for the FSAI can be accessed in our publications section. They are published in English and Irish.

Customer Charter

The FSAI Customer Charter sets out the commitments and the standards of service customers can expect from the FSAI. Through regular consultation with customers, the services and commitments set out in the Customer Charter are measured to determine customer satisfaction and to highlight areas for improvement. The FSAI strives to continually improve its services.


Last reviewed: 10/7/2018

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