FSAI free ‘Small Food Business Start-Up Seminar’



The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) is holding a free ‘Small Food Business Start-Up Seminar’ in Dublin to assist those working in small food businesses or those who may be thinking of setting up a food business. The half day event brings together a range of experts to explore the requirements businesses need to meet to get started and comply with all relevant food safety legislation.


The event takes place from 8am to 1pm on Wednesday 25th January at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood Park, Santry, Dublin 9. Booking is advised and further information is available here or by emailing businessstartup@fsai.ie.


Experts on the day will provide assistance and advice on everything from how to manage food safety; what to expect from an inspection; registering and running a small food business; general food labelling requirements; food safety training requirements; how to implement traceability in your food business; food product development and the numerous information resources available from the FSAI. There will also be two case studies by locally based companies sharing their personal insights into setting up and running a small food business. There will be a number of Q&A sessions throughout the morning and all experts will be available after the event closes for further discussion. Also there will be experts from a number of other State agencies offering advice on areas such as health and safety requirements; financial supports; product development and; food entrepreneurships.


According to, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI the Small Food Business Start-up Seminar is an excellent opportunity for anyone who is thinking about starting a small food business or who has recently gone into business in the food sector.


“We have been running these events for a number of years and there is a clear appetite for information amongst people wishing to pursue new food businesses,” says Dr Byrne. “Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for people to get all the information and advice they need in order to set up their food business. We also provide information for those already in business who may wish to expand their business or want to keep up-to-date with changes in food legislation. This seminar is one of a number of free supports we provide on an ongoing basis to food entrepreneurs. We have a free Advice Line service at info@fsai.ie and a dedicated online resource to assist anyone who is interested in setting up a new food business or who is already established.” 


The following State agencies will have information stands at the seminar to offer advice and answer queries:


  • Food Safety Authority of Ireland
  • Health Service Executive
  • Teagasc
  • Health and Safety Authority
  • Microfinance Ireland
  • Supporting SMEs (Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation)
  • Local Enterprise Office
  • Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland