Food Standards Agency (Northern Ireland)

The Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland was set up in 2000 to protect consumers from unsafe food and to generally protect consumers’ food interests.

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The Food Standards Act 1999 sets out the Agency’s duties and powers.

The Agency’s three main duties are to:

  • Advise the public and the government about food safety, nutrition and diet;
  • Protect consumers through enforcement and monitoring; and
  • Support consumer choice through accurate and meaningful labelling.

How to complain

The Agency does not normally accept complaints about food hygiene or labelling from the general public. Any such complaint should be made to the Environmental Health Department of your local Council.  For contact details of your local council visit: