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Animal health: Norwegian animal by-products not handled in line with legal requirements

8.12.2010

PR(10)66 - English version

 

Norwaycannot ensure that all animal by-products  are handled in line with the legal requirements. This is the overall conclusion of a report published by the EFTA surveillance Authority today.

Animal by-products are unedible parts of animals that should not enter the food chain and only under certain conditions may enter the feed chain

The EFTA Surveillance Authority carried out a planned mission to Norway from 6 to 17 September 2010 regarding the application of EEA legislation related to animal by-products.

The overall conclusion is that Norway cannot ensure that all animal by-products are handled and processed in line with the legal requirements. Some improvement was observed in the official controls, compared to the observations made during a mission carried out by the EFTA Surveillance Authority last year, related to the prohibition of feeding proteins of animal origin to animals and the use of meat- and bone meal as organic fertilizers.

Based on the findings, 14 recommendations were issued to Norway by the Authority. Some of the main concerns were related to the following:

Processing plants for animal by-products had been approved although the processing parameters did not comply with any approved method.

Not all animal by-products were identified, and therefore not handled as such, by the competent authority or the establishments involved and the traceability throughout the chain of collection, transport and processing was not always in place.

The legislation related to animal by-products not intended for human is based on inter alia scientific advice suggesting that the practice of feeding animals with proteins derived from the bodies, or parts of bodies, of the same species presents a risk of spreading disease.

Read the final report here.

 

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Ólafur Valsson
Deputy Director
Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 68 or GSM. (+32)(0)479 33 30 25




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