A new report highlights the need for women of childbearing age to have higher intakes of folic acid in order to reduce rates of severe birth defects in Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

The mandatory fortification of bread or flour with folic acid is the most effective way of reducing Ireland’s high rate of birth defects, according to(...)

Some 25 per cent of the bacon products analysed in a new study by food scientists  were found to have salt content which was above the guidelines with some of the products assessed having as much as 50 per cent more salt than the packaging suggested. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Consumers who rely on food labels to tell them how much salt they are consuming when eating bacon are frequently fed the wrong information, a report b(...)

Prof Mary Flynn and Shane Jennings at the FSAI open meeting on food and fitness in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Too much focus on body image, and misinformation about sports nutrition and diet, are having an unhealthy effect on young people, a conference in Dubl(...)

More Irish people are a healthy weight now than eight years ago. Photograph: Thinkstock

Obesity is in the news again. The latest global report on obesity trends in 200 countries from 1974 to 2014 was published in the Lancet in early April(...)

In 1967, global production of plastic was less than 50 million metric tons; in 2013 it was 299 million metric tons.

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A closure order is served where it is deemed that there is or there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Six food businesses had closure orders served on them in February for breaking food safety laws. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) publish(...)

The department said that it had consulted with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and was satisfied that there was no risk to consumers arising from the deaths of the cattle on the dairy farm. File photograph: Frank Miller

A Department of Agriculture investigation into the deaths of seven cattle from lead poisoning on a farm in Co Cork is focusing on lead weights used in(...)

Animal teeth in jam, beetles in a burger bun and worms in a chicken nugget are among the foreign objects found in food reported by Irish consumers last year. File photo: Thinkstock

Animal teeth in jam, beetles in a burger bun and worms in a chicken nugget were among the foreign objects Irish consumers complained about finding in (...)

Concussion: Sports-related concussion is a controversial issue at professional and amateur levels, as are the potential long-term effects. How can pl(...)

A total of 106 enforcement orders were issued by the FSAI on food businesses in 2015, marking a 6 per cent drop from the 113 closure orders issued the previous year. Photo: Getty Images

Seven food businesses, including three restaurants, a delicatessen and a pub, were served with closure orders by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (...)