Thursday, 2 May 2013

Questions (219)

Andrew Doyle


219. Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Health the role of the Food Safety Promotion Board; when the Board last reported to the North-South Ministerial Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20988/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Food Safety Promotion Board, FSPB, is one of six North-South Implementation Bodies established under the Good Friday Agreement in 1999. It is principally charged with tasks involving food safety awareness - through public campaigns, conferences, training and advising professionals and the general public. It is also involved in supporting North -South scientific co-operation and links between institutions working in the field of food safety - laboratories, statutory food safety enforcement agencies, and international and domestic research bodies. Its remit also includes the promotion of specialised laboratory services, North and South.

At the last Health North/South Ministerial Council meeting on 21 November 2012 a comprehensive paper on the CEO’s progress report outlining recent achievements by the board was presented to the Council. FSPB's 2012 Business Plan was cleared at the Education Sectoral Meeting of the North -South Ministerial Council on 27 February 2013.