This is achieved by leading a collaborative food safety community in partnership with a food inspectorate and laboratory network throughout the country and by striving to continuously raise food standards and encourage a culture of excellence.
The FSAI, established by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland Act, 1998, was one of the fi rst independent food safety authorities established in the world. It is a statutory, independent and science-based regulatory organisation operating under the aegis of the Minister for Health. It currently has a Board of 10 people which is advised by a 15-member Scientific Committee.
• Protecting consumers by ensuring safe food for everyone and that food information is accurate and can be trusted. In this way consumers are empowered to make informed choices about the food they choose.
• Raising food standards by ensuring that food businesses are in compliance with EU and national food legislation and standards.
• Provision of robust evidence-based scientific information to policy makers.
• Promoting a culture of excellence by ensuring that food safety and integrity are priorities for all food businesses.
The FSAI is a recognised leader and partner in food safety. It has an enthusiastic, innovative and effective team committed to delivering its vision.
You can find out more about the work of FSAI at www.fsai.ie
You can find numerous factsheets and other resources at: www.fsai.ie/resources_publications.html
Ireland produces over one million tonnes of food waste every year. About one third of this comes from households, with each producing an average of 700 kg per year or about 2 kg per day. It is estimated that this costs somewhere between €400 and €1000 per household annually. Other waste comes from commercial activities such as production, processing and service (retail, restaurants etc.).