Food Safety & Traceability

Ireland is renowned for its world-class food safety systems and in 2014 was ranked joint 1st globally for its national food safety management by the Canadian Conference Board.

The FSAI (Food Safety Authority of Ireland) is a partner agency of SFSI. The FSAI has regulatory responsibility for supervising food safety in Ireland, including complete traceability of Irish food and food products. The FSAI sets food standards based on sound science and risk assessment and is responsible for the enforcement of all ‘food legislation’ in Ireland. The FSAI carries out this enforcement function through “service contracts” with official agencies, such as the Department (Ministry) of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) and the Health Service Executive (HSE).

DAFM is also a founding partner of SFSI. DAFM is an official controls authority and oversees Ireland’s animal identification and movement (AIM) control system. Ireland’s AIM system is robust and comprehensive. Every animal is uniquely identified from birth, with all movements tracked throughout its life, providing immediate traceability.

SFSI can work with its partner agencies, to design and deliver tailored training courses and consultancy services to regulators, control agencies and national food safety agencies internationally.