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Food safety: Only minor shortcomings found in Norwegian meat and milk production



Norwegian meat and milk products are generally complying with the legal food safety requirements and only minor shortcomings have been identified. This is the overall conclusion of a report published by the EFTA Surveillance Authority today.

The Authority carried out a planned mission to Norway from 17 to 26 January 2011 regarding the application of EEA legislation related to the safety of food of animal origin, in particular meat and milk and their products.

The overall conclusion is that that the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) has a satisfactory system in place for the official controls of meat and milk production. Some weaknesses were, however, observed in relation to official controls by the competent authorities. Shortcomings were identified in some areas, e.g. approval of establishments, microbiological controls and general and specific hygiene requirements at the food business operators' level, official controls of dairy farms and controls of  potable water.

However, Norwegian meat and milk products generally comply with the requirements laid down in the EEA legislation.

The NFSA has taken note of the shortcomings identified, and has addressed some of them in a reply to a draft version of the report. The reply is included in the final report.

Read the final report here.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Luca Farina
Senior Officer
Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 68
GSM. (+32)(0)479 33 30 25

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