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Food Safety: Weaknesses identified in Icelandic import controls




Iceland needs to improve its controls concerning imports and transit of consignments of both products of animal origin and live aquatic animals, the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) finds in a new mission report published today.

The object of the mission to Iceland in June 2017 was to verify that official controls were carried out in compliance with EEA legislation and to follow up on ESA's recommendations from previous missions.

ESA identified weaknesses in Iceland's handling of import controls. These relate in particular to shortcomings in identification of consignments requiring veterinary checks, and in carrying out   documentary checks. Weaknesses were also identified with the controls, monitoring and follow-up of consignments in transit and transhipment in Iceland. ESA noted this in previous missions and Iceland had not taken steps to fully address this at the time of the latest mission. ESA also found that Iceland must improve its use of the Trade Control and Expert System (‘TRACES') which is compulsory for EEA states.

During the mission, the ESA team found that Iceland's import control system is supported by coordination between competent authorities, training of staff and documented control procedures. The control system showed some improvements since the last missions in relation to pre-notification of consignments and verification of effectiveness of controls.

EEA legislation sets high standards for food safety and animal health and welfare in the food production chain. Missions are an important tool for ESA to ensure that Iceland complies with the extensive EEA legislation protecting both consumers and animals. The report sets out ESA's recommendations to Iceland on how to rectify the shortcomings.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Ásta Sigrún Magnúsdóttir
Communications officer
tel. +32 2 286 18 78
mob. +32 490 57 63 59

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