Research Portfolio 2000 - 2005
Purpose of the Research Portfolio
The safefood Research Portfolio 2000 to 2005 has been prepared to provide information,
where relevant, the findings of research projects funded by safefood since its establishment
in December 1999.
It describes, in broad terms, the research projects that safefood has commissioned since
2000 across key subject areas. This portfolio will be of interest to government agencies,
research institutions, public health professionals and other parties across Ireland.
Who are safefood?
safefood, the Food Safety Promotion Board, was set up under the British–Irish Agreement Act, 1999. It operates under the brand name of safefood. Its headquarters are in Cork, with a sub–office in Dublin. However, it conducts its work on an all–island basis, and reports to the North–South Ministerial Council.
What do safefood do?
The governing legislation confers the following specific functions on safefood:
promotion of food safety
research into food safety
communication of food alerts
surveillance of foodborne disease
promotion of scientific co–operation and laboratory linkages
development of cost–effective facilities for specialised laboratory testing
scientific assessment of the safety and hygiene of the food supply.
Although this document covers the research commissioned by safefood, this is only one
aspect of our legislative remit with regard to research. safefood has responsibilities for food safety research on the island of Ireland as follows:
Identifying priorities for research
Commissioning and funding research projects
Establishing a database of research programmes
Disseminating research findings
Recommending action arising from research findings
Maintaining links with international research bodies.