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Food Safety: Room for improvement for official control of feed safety in Norway



Norway's current control system of animal feed is consistently and adequately implemented in general and covers most of the feed production chain. However, there is room for improvement when it comes to enforcement of certain official controls.

This is the main conclusion of a report published by the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) today, following an inspection carried out in Norway from 4 to 13 April 2016.

Safe animal feed is important for animal health, the environment and for the safety of foods of animal origin. There are many examples of the close link between the safety of animal feed and the foods we eat. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) is responsible for monitoring compliance with EEA-law concerning animal feed and has legal powers to enforce the relevant legislation. The inspection confirmed that a risk-based system for official controls has been established and is in general implemented as required by the relevant EEA legislation.

However some shortcomings were identified:

  • The task of taking official samples from feed was delegated to a private inspection company, which was not accredited according to the relevant European standard.
  • Official controls did not always ensure that the relevant requirements concerning cross-contamination and homogeneity are fully complied with at feed establishment level.
  • Although official control revealed non-compliances at feed business operators' level, the follow-up to enforce the requirements of the relevant legislations was in some cases lacking or not timely executed.
  • It was noted by the mission team that feed business operators did not always notify the activities of each establishment under their control with a view to registration, and that certain types of operators (home compounders) did not consistently notify their activities to the competent authority as required by the legislation

It is positive that an internal audit on the feed sector was carried out in 2015. The audit report included several findings (non-compliances and observations) related to guidance documents, registration in NFSA database and planning of controls. The internal audit had uncovered many of the findings observed by ESA's mission team. It was explained to the mission team that a meeting was planned in April 2016 to address the issues described in the internal audit report.

The NFSA has taken note of the shortcomings identified and has provided an action plan that addresses ESA's recommendations. The action plan is annexed to the final report and is currently being reviewed by ESA.

Read the full report

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Ásdís Ólafsdóttir
Communication Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 97
mob. (+32)(0)490 57 63 49

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