Food safety

 

The EFTA Surveillance Authority is responsible for monitoring implementation and application by Iceland and Norway of EEA legislation on food and feed safety, animal health and welfare.

These tasks are carried out by the Authority's Food Safety Unit.

The food and feed safety, animal health and welfare sectors cover a wide range of issues in relation to, amongst others, food, feed, veterinary medicinal products, residues, animal health, animal welfare, seeds and fertilisers. The legislation in the sector is characterised by its dynamic nature, linked to e.g. emerging issues related to animal and public health (food and feed safety, outbreaks of infectious diseases etc).

The legislation incorporated into the EEA Agreement in relation to this sector is set out in Annex I (Chapters I, II and III) and Annex II (Chapters XII, XIII and XIV) to the EEA Agreement. In addition, certain acts are subject to the so-called simplified procedure under which Iceland and Norway are obliged to simultaneously with the EC Member States take measures corresponding to those taken by the latter. Safeguard and protective measures on imports are typical examples of acts subject to the simplified procedure.

Where there is an outbreak of serious animal disease, or there is a food or feed crisis, in the EFTA States, the states are obliged to notify this to the Authority. The Authority has various duties regarding the review of measures taken by the EFTA State concerned, in order to minimize the harm to public or animal health. For this purpose the Authority has established a Contingency Plan.

Liechtenstein

As long as the application of the Agreement between the European Community and the Swiss Confederation on trade in agricultural products is extended to Liechtenstein, Annex I and Chapter XII of Annex II to the EEA Agreement does not apply to Liechtenstein and the EFTA Surveillance Authority does not monitor the implementation and application by Liechtenstein of EEA legislation on food and feed safety, animal health and welfare.

 




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