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safefood is committed to making its website(s) accessible, in accordance with European Union (Accessibility of Websites and Mobile Applications of Public Sector Bodies) Regulations 2020.

This accessibility statement applies to content published on

Compliance Status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 level AA, due to the non-accessible content listed below.

Non-accessible content

Should you wish to contact us regarding accessibility please see the feedback and contact information section below. We will do our best to ensure that any content you are requesting is made available and accessible. We are working to improve the accessibility compliance of our websites and will endeavour to apply all accessibility standards to content being published to our website going forward.

Parts of safefood’s website are not fully accessible. For example:

  • Tables: Some tables in publications are not accessible.
  • PDFs: Some documents in PDF format are not fully accessible and may in some instances lack bookmarks and alt text for images
  • PDFs: some contents in research reports, such as tables, images or graphs produced as part of the research may not be fully accessible
  • Images: Most images have alt text but a small number do not.
  • Video: Most recordings of events do not have associated transcripts.

This is not an exhaustive list of non-accessible content and we will work through these and other issues to address them.

safefood is undertaking several tasks to improve the accessibility of its website:

  • Staff are reviewing and improving the accessibility of all PDFs on an ongoing basis
  • safefood has commissioned a web development company with previous experience of creating accessible websites to carry out accessibility work on previously published PDFs that fall under the new regulations.
  • Templates for reports produced in-house have been amended to reflect the requirements.

Exempted content

Content published prior to 23 September 2018 is exempt under the EU Web Accessibility Directive. safefood considers that the estimated cost and effort required to make PDFs of reports published prior to September 2018 compliant with WCAG2.1/EN 301 549 is not currently feasible to undertake. However, safefood is committed to ensuring all our content is as accessible as possible. Please contact us if there is any inaccessible content that was published to our site prior to September 2018 that you wish to receive in accessible format and we will make every effort to provide it.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 29 April 2022.

In preparation for this statement an evaluation of the website’s compliance with the requirements of Directive (EU) 2016/2102 was carried out by way of self-assessment with assistance from our web developers against WCAG 2.1

Tools used during this assessment included the SortSite online web accessibility checker, BrowseAloud screen reader, Colour Contrast Analyser, and Adobe Acrobat DC 2021.

The statement was last reviewed on 30 September 2023.

Feedback and contact information

safefood is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for persons with disabilities. We welcome feedback on the accessibility of this website.

If you have a comments or complaint about the accessibility of this website, please email [email protected].

If you wish to request particular content in an accessible format please include the following details:

  • Your required format.
  • The content you wish to receive (please include the url of the content)
  • Your name and email address.

We will make all reasonable efforts to fulfil your request.

safefood ’s Access Officer

Queries and complaints about accessibility are dealt with by our Access Officer, whose role is to provide or arrange for and coordinate assistance and guidance to persons with disabilities accessing the services we provide. Our Access Officer is Deirdre Cosgrove, who may be contacted by email at [email protected].

Enforcement procedure

For information on making a complaint please email [email protected].

If you are not happy about our response to your complaint, you can ask the Ombudsman to look into your complaint. Here is contact information and guidance on making a complaint from the Office of the Ombudsman.

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