News: Northern Ireland

Turning up the volume on FSA Voices

15 September 2016
Today, the FSA is proud to reach a milestone and celebrate the success of our employee advocacy initiative, FSA Voices. In just over 6 months, a quarter of our entire workforce have signed up and shared over 8,000 messages on social media about the work we do.

NFCU carries out operation targeting illegal sale of DNP

13 September 2016
The National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) and Ards and North Down Borough Council today executed search warrants at two premises in Bangor, County Down in Northern Ireland as part of a proactive criminal investigation targeting the illegal sale of 2,4 dinitrophenol (commonly known as DNP). The Police Service of Northern Ireland was also in attendance.

NI report reveals the weekly cost of a healthy family diet

12 September 2016
A study has revealed some families need to spend up to £153 a week to eat a healthy balanced diet, almost half of their budget if on a low income or social welfare. That’s the cost of a healthy food basket for a family made up of two parents, a teenager and a child in primary school.

FSA pushes big data research to the top of the agenda

12 September 2016
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced that it will fund a research fellow in Data Science and Food at University College London (UCL). The fellowship is the first significant investment in data science across any governmental body.

Understanding NI Consumer Needs Around Food Labelling

15 August 2016
TNS BMRB conducted research with NI consumers about their understanding of retail food labelling information, how this influences their behaviour and their concerns and priorities around labelling information. The research involved a combination of eight focus group discussions; eight accompanied shops and a survey using the FSA online panel.