Food safety inspection programme for the EFTA States in 2005

The Internal Market Affairs Directorate of the EFTA Surveillance Authority has approved its food safety inspection programme for 2005. The programme plan for the first half of the year includes the inspection field, the EFTA Stateand the scheduled time for the inspection. For the second half of the year the time schedule for the inspections will be decided in 2005, when the whole inspection programme will be reviewed.

According to the proposal the total number of inspections will be eleven. However, for some of the inspections, two or more inspection fields have been combined in one mission. Additionally, two new inspection fields are included in the plan for 2005. These are missions to Norway on semen/embryo collecting centres, planned for the second half of 2005, and on Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA), planned for the first half of 2005.

The following tables give an overview of the planned inspections in 2005 and a time schedule for the inspections planned in the first half of the year:

Inspection programme for the first half of 2005*

EFTA  State Week 8 Week 14 Week 17 Week 22 Week 25

Norway

 

 

Fish diseases and fishery products     Infectious salmon anaemia Border inspection posts

Iceland

 

 

  Official control and hygiene**      

Liechtenstein

 

 

    Animal** nutrition and import contr.    

*              The scheduled time for the inspections might have to be amended.
**           These inspections will include an evaluation of import control with focus on food of plant origin. The scheduled time for the mission to Liechtenstein (planned in week 17) could be amended in order to have the mission in the same week as the package meeting in Liechtenstein in 2005.

The table shows that 5 inspections are planned for the 1st half of 2005 and consequently 6 inspections are planned for the 2nd half of the year. For the 2nd half of the year the time schedule for the inspections will be decided in April 2005. However, the preliminary plan is as follows:

Inspection programme for the second half of 2005*

EFTA  State Week* Week* Week* Week* Week*

Norway

 

 

Fresh meat and meat products Poultry meat, eggs and salmonella** Contingency plans Official control and hygiene Semen/ embryo collection centres

Iceland

 

 

 

Fish diseases and fishery products        

*       Time schedule to be decided in April 2005
**     Inspection planned for two weeks

It should also be noted that it could be necessary to add other missions to the programme for 2005, e.g. in order to follow-up the results from missions in the EFTA States in 2004.  

Most of the inspections in 2005 will be in Norway where Chapters I (veterinary issues) and II (feedingstuffs) of Annex I to the Agreement on the European Economic Area and Chapter XII (foodstuffs) of Annex II to the Agreement are applicable. Liechtenstein has a permanent derogation from Chapter I of Annex I and from that Chapter only the legislation on fish and fishery products is applicable to Iceland. Consequently, the number of inspections is less for these EFTA States.

Participation by the Authority's inspectors in the Commission's Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) missions to the EU Member States is not included in the programme sent to the EFTA States. However, this is an important part of the planning of the inspection programme and inspectors from the FVO will also be invited to participate in inspections to the EFTA States.




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