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In Northern Ireland (NI), the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has a remit for dietary health surveillance. This includes a comprehensive understanding of what NI consumers are eating and purchasing as well as their attitudes and behaviours relating to food. We commissioned Kantar Fast Moving Consumer Goods Purchase Panels (Kantar) to provide the purchasing data detailed in this report.

This report provides updated purchasing data gathered from those panels.
This study details the findings of a desk study reviewing and comparing the sampling systems of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States.
Since 2015, we have carried out surveillance of AMR in UK retail meats. This provides us with evidence of the prevalence of AMR E. coli in beef and pork samples on retail sale.
Research and consumer insight on behaviours and attitudes to food insecurity, food availability, consumer concerns and confidence in the food chain.
This study estimated the diversity of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) genes in 52 simple ready-to-eat (RTE) foods, including milk, tomatoes, bananas, cheese, and ham.
The Food Standards Agency with Ipsos MORI carried out a consumer poll in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to understand consumer behaviours and attitudes in relation to healthy and sustainable diets.
Results available
The Food Standards Agency with Ipsos Mori carried out research in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to monitor consumer hand hygiene behaviour during the pandemic.
The FSA is responsible for food safety across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Ipsos MORI was commissioned to carry out research to understand current behavioural drivers and attitudes towards communicating food safety messages and how these may vary by audiences.
Consumer segmentation is a way of grouping consumers based on common characteristics. It is used by organisations, including the FSA, to better understand different groups and how to reach them.
The COVID-19 Consumer Tracker and the Food and You 2 survey indicate that a substantial minority of consumers eat food after the use-by date (UBD) has expired. The FSA wished to discover more about the drivers of consuming food after the UBD, and barriers to compliance with the UBD
A quantitative research study, utilising a representative UK sample to understand awareness of, and attitudes towards, antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
Results available
The study explored several aspects of food safety regulation, including definitions, underlying legislation, authorisation processes and production standards.
Results available
A mixed method social science research project to understand consumer perceptions of genome edited food and its potential future labelling.
Results available
The current Food Standards Agency guidance states that consumers can freeze pre-packed food right up to the “use-by” date and, once food has been defrosted, it should be consumed within 24 hours. The microbiological team at the FSA has drafted a strategic review to understand whether there is an increased risk to freezing foods on the use-by date compared to the day before the use-by date. The review has focused on how the shelf-life of a food is determined and the effects of freezing, thawing and refrigeration on common foodborne pathogens.
Research to develop a new valuation methodology that could be used to inform the prioritisation of future research and development investment.
Research exploring if existing FSA resources can be joined into a tool to assess food safety and integrity risks in the context of the platform economy.
Safefood and the Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland (FSA) carried out research to estimate the cost of a food basket that is nutritionally adequate, realistic and acceptable for four low income household types in Northern Ireland (NI) in 2020.
A rapid evidence assessment of the emerging technologies considered most likely to have an impact on the UK food system and food safety over the coming decade.
A systematic literature review assessment comparing meat production processes in sixteen countries
A toolkit and checklist to help our policy, science and strategy teams to plan effective risk communications.
This project will explore the levels of Salmonella, E.coli and AMR detected in selected frozen part-cooked poultry products on retail sale in the UK and its prevalence after following manufacturer’s cooking instructions.
The Eating Well Choosing Better (EWCB) Tracking Survey monitors understanding and knowledge of recommended daily calorie intake, use of traffic light labels, attitudes towards reformulation and calorie information, and awareness of campaign communications delivered by the Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland. This report presents the findings from the sixth survey conducted between June and August 2020.
This project provides validated methods for specific prioritised sampling scenarios, guidance on general MSI validation activities, and recommendations on technology transfer and feasibility of developing additional MSI related resources (e.g. an MSI database).
This report explores people’s experiences of Covid-19 to better understand how a new food environment created during the pandemic has impacted the public’s behaviours and preferences