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Feed Safety: Several breaches of EEA feed hygiene rules found in Norway

17.3.2011

PR(11)17

Although Norwegian controls of feed hygiene are mainly in line with EEA legislation, several breaches will have to be corrected. This is the conclusion of a report published by the Authority today.

The report is based on the findings of a planned mission to Norway from 11 to 22 October 2010 regarding the application of EEA legislation related to feed safety.

The main breaches were the following:

  • The competent authority did not ensure that the incorporation of fish meal in non-ruminant feed was carried out in physically separate facilities from those processing ruminant feed. This separation is required as a measure to prevent mad cow disease.
  • Norway had not taken into account the time limits for the notification and application for registration by feed business operators.
  • All feed business operators had, at the time of the mission, not registered as required. As a result of this, the National Food Safety Authority did not have a complete overview of all the feed business operators in Norway.
  • Official controls did not cover all stages in the production and processing of feed.
  • The competent authority had yet to put in place procedures to verify the effectiveness of the official controls carried out as required by the legislation.

The mission was the first to Norway since new legislation on feed hygiene entered into force on 1 May 2010.

The report includes a number of recommendations addressed to the Norwegian competent authority aimed at rectifying the identified shortcomings and enhancing the control system in place.

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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