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PR(10)15: The Authority publishes final report on control of residues and contaminants in live animals and animal products in Norway - overall conclusion is positive


The Authority carried out a planned mission to Norway from 26 to 30 October 2009 regarding the application of European Economic Area (EEA) legislation related to control of residues and contaminants in live animals and animal products, including controls on veterinary medicinal products.

The overall conclusion is that Norway has a National Residues Control Plan in place that has been reviewed and found to be, in general, in line with the main aims of the EEA legislation. The mission team was of the opinion that improvements have been made since the last mission of the Authority in 2006 including controls on the use of use of veterinary medicinal products by practicing veterinarians.

However some aspects of planning, implementation and analyses can still be improved. These mainly concern sample handling and sampling procedures, follow up of non-compliant samples of the dairies and the designation of National Reference Laboratories.

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority's reply to the draft report is annexed to the final report. 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 at


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, 23 March 2010

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