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PR(09)100: Final report on prevention of mad cow disease and scrapie in Norway published - the Authority criticises the use of fishmeal as feed and the lack of controls of the use of meat and bone meal


The Authority carried out a planned mission to Norway from 31 August to 4 September 2009 regarding the application of European Economic Area (EEA) legislation related to control of mad cow disease (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)) and other related diseases, (transmissible spongiform encephalopathies ,(TSE)).

Contrary to the relevant EEA legislation, Norway
allows the use of fishmeal as feedingstuffs for ruminants such as cows, sheep and goats. The Authority has already delivered a reasoned opinion on this matter. Norway has the opportunity to respond to the reasoned opinion, which is the last step before the matter can be referred to the EFTA Court. The use of fishmeal in feed for ruminants was banned already in 2001 in the EU and the ban was incorporated in the EEA Agreement in 2004. The feeding of fishmeal to cows, sheep and goats was however confirmed at the inspection.

Furthermore, the Authority noted that only limited checks were carried out by the Norwegian food safety authority on possible illegal use of meat and bone meal in feeding of animals. Based upon these observations the mission team concluded that the Norwegian official controls at every step of the production chain related to the ban on feeding ruminants of products of animal origin should be improved.  

The Norwegian competent authority's reply to the draft report is annexed to the final report. The reply includes information on corrective actions already initiated by Norway. For measures still outstanding, Norway is to notify the Authority of actions taken, within two months of receiving the final report.

Read the final report here

For further information, please contact: 

Mr Bjørnar Alterskjær
Deputy Director
Legal & Executive Affairs
Tel. (+32) 495 29 16 05


Mr Ólafur Valsson
Deputy Director,
Internal market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 68


Brussels, 18 December 2009

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