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Food Safety: Improved controls on Icelandic fishery products




The EFTA Surveillance Authority found a considerable improvement in Iceland's control system when it carried out an inspection in late October 2015. Most of the recommendations issued after a similar inspection in 2010, had been addressed.

The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) has established a control system based on the EEA requirements, and national legislation is supported by instructions, checklists and accredited laboratories. The control system is in general consistently and adequately implemented.

However some weaknesses were identified in the following areas:

  • approval of establishments was not always in line with EEA legislation;

  • MAST relies on operators' own checks, and on inspectors to check their results for some elements that should be part of official control. Examples are sampling of potable water from within the establishments, check for parasites and organoleptic checks.

  • the use of traditional methods to dry fish outside had not been notified to the Authority.

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


 Full report (pdf)

 For further information, please contact:
 Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187

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