In Ireland the main advisory authorities for the Food & Beverage sector are:
Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) – The Authority is a statutory, independent and science-based body, dedicated to protecting public health and consumer interests in the area of food safety and hygiene. Its main function is to ensure that food produced, distributed or marketed in Ireland meets the highest standards of food safety and hygiene reasonably available and to ensure that food complies with legal requirements and recognised codes of good practice.
Health & Safety Authority (HSA) – The HSA is the body responsible for ensuring the highest standards of safety, health and welfare for Irish businesses and their workers. It has specific guidelines for food & beverage owners to follow in order to protect their employees and customers from a wide range of risks such as falls, cuts and burns.
Local Authorities – When opening new premises, an application for planning permission must be sought through the local authority. Planning is a public process and is subject to various checks and balances.