Safeguarding our food chain

Earlier last month the Food Safety Authority of Ireland cautioned against purchasing beef from unapproved sources. This was on foot of the theft of beef carcases from a food business in Northern Ireland.

All food businesses are obliged to use reputable approved suppliers.  As a food business operator you must develop a method of assessing suppliers before accepting them. By doing this, not only are you complying with the requirements of food safety legislation but you are also protecting your customers, your business reputation and maintaining the integrity of the food chain.

Once your initial supplier assessment is completed, there is a legally required minimum level of food traceability information which must be retained for all purchases thereafter to ensure adequate traceability one step back to the supplier and one step forward if you are supplying on to other food businesses.

The Environmental Health Association of Ireland (EHAI) food safety training courses provide relevant training on all aspects of food safety.

Book an upcoming Primary Course in food hygiene or a Refresher Course in food hygiene/HACCP course today at or contact an EHAI approved trainer at