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Safefood (Food Safety Promotion Board) was established in 1999 under statute by the Governments of the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom. The legislative mandate of the agency is to promote food safety to those who produce, process, store, transport food, as well as consumers in domestic kitchens and situations. safefood reports directly to the Ministers of Health in Dublin and Belfast by way of the North-South Ministerial Council established under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement 1998. With a staff of ~35 and food safety specialisms in the areas of food microbiology, food hygiene, waste, chemical contaminants, food hypersensitivity (allergies, intolerances and coeliac disease), safefood has established ongoing promotional programmes and campaigns to inform and heighten awareness of issues relating to food safety across the food supply chain on the island of Ireland.

Competences & Capabilities

Main areas of specialisation and technological expertise are:

  • Food safety, hygiene and quality
  • Microbiological safety
  • Chemical contaminants
  • Food Hypersensitivity (allergies, coeliac disease etc)
  • Food safety knowledge networks
  • Consumer media and informational campaigns
  • Positive behaviour change
  • Commissioning of food safety research
  • Training & information provider (food SMEs, regulators, academia)
  • Digital and conventional education/training resources and publications
  • Horizon-scanning (current and emerging issues)

7, Eastgate Ave., Eastgate Business Park, Little Island, Cork, T45 RX01 Ireland


Dr. Gary A. Kearney, Director Food Science
+353 21 2304100