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What is the Consumer Liaison Panel?

The Consumer Liaison Panel was established to strengthen communication between the consumer and the Department. The view of the consumer is vital to the future of a progressive multi-functional agriculture industry, encompassing not alone the basic function of food production but food safety, food quality, environmental and animal welfare issues and in this context the Panel, representative of general consumers, was set up.

The terms of reference of the Panel are:

Liaise on general consumer and client base issues in relation to the activities of the Department of Agriculture and Food Comment on the flow of information both to and from the public

The Panel meets on a regular basis to provide input and feedback from the consumer's perspective to the Department and also to be briefed on the Department activities.

Consumers wishing to communicate with the Panel can do so by contacting the Consumer Liaison Panel Secretariat, c/o Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Grattan House, Grattan Business Centre, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Tel. 057- 8694330, Fax. 057- 8694387 or by email to