|Údarás Sábháilteachta Bia na hÉireann|
|Formed||1 January 1999|
|Headquarters||The Exchange, George's Dock, IFSC, Dublin 1|
|Parent department||Department of Health|
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) (Irish: Údarás Sábháilteachta Bia na hÉireann – USBE) is the statutory body responsible for ensuring food produced, distributed or marketed in Ireland complies with food safety and hygiene standards, best practice codes and legal requirements.
The FSAI was established on 1 January 1999, with the enactment of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland Act, 1998. The chief executive of the FSAI is Dr. Pamela Byrne. The FSAI Act empowers the Authority to issue closure orders and prohibition orders on food businesses which do not comply with food safety and hygiene requirements.
2013 horse meat scandal
The FSAI conducted tests on a sample of frozen beefburgers sold in Irish and British supermarkets in early 2013, and announced on 15 January that the test results had revealed significant quantities of horse meat in several of the products tested. The findings triggered the 2013 meat adulteration scandal, which involved several major food retailers and suppliers in the United Kingdom, France and other European countries.
- "FSAI shuts seven businesses amid food safety concerns". Irish Examiner. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
- Quinn, Ben (16 January 2013). "Horse DNA found in beefburgers from four major supermarkets". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
- "Horsemeat Legal Action Starts In Europe". Sky News. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.