Dáil Éireann - Volume 643 - 11 December, 2007

Written Answers. - Food Safety.

Deputy Edward O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will take action to protect consumers in view of the advertisements by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland informing the public about food labelling which are misleading to consumers. [33306/07]

  Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher: The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has overall responsibility for enforcing food law — including legislation relating to food labelling. The legislation is enforced by Environmental Health Officers of the Health Service Executive (HSE) on foot of a service contract with the FSAI. It is a requirement of the labelling legislation that the consumer should not be misled. As part of its work in this area, the FSAI recently published a report The Labelling of Food in Ireland 2007 which consolidates information on this issue. Any issues of concern in regard to misleading labelling should be brought to the attention of the FSAI for appropriate follow-up.