News: Northern Ireland

Key priorities established for research on foodborne viruses

20 October 2016
How we tackle norovirus, hepatitis A and E viruses was the focus of a joint FSA/EFSA workshop that published its summary report today. The report identifies cross-cutting research themes, building on the first report of the FSA's Chief Scientific Advisor which highlighted that foodborne viruses have a significant impact on public health.

Food Hygiene is getting easier to spot in Northern Ireland

7 October 2016
Starting from today, Friday 7 October, people in Northern Ireland will find it easier to see the food hygiene rating of places they eat out or buy food, as food businesses will now have to display their rating sticker by law.

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.