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Seafood Safety Legislation

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of national and EU legislation that deals with health conditions for the production and placing on the market of fish, shellfish and fisheries products through a service contract with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. This is in addition to the implementation and enforcement of Fisheries related legislation.

Advice and Guidance

The SFPA carries out official controls in seafood safety on an ongoing basis along the seafood chain from boat up but excluding retail stage (on fishing vessels, in shellfish production areas, in establishments handling preparing and processing seafood).

The Health Service Executive has responsibility for official controls in the retail sector (fishmongers, catering establishments etc).

SFPA staff at our headquarters and port offices will be happy to provide advice and guidance on any seafood safety queries.