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Food safety: Only minor shortcomings in handling of Norwegian game meat



Norwegian farmed and wild game meat is generally complying with 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 mission to Norway in November 2011 to verify that official controls related to the production and placing on the market of farmed and wild game meat were carried out in compliance with the European Economic Area legislation.

The overall conclusion is that the situation in Norway is in general in line with the requirements; in particular an appropriate effort has been put in place for the training of hunters.

Some shortcomings were identified by the Authority in some areas, such as notification of national measures to the Authority, training and coordination within the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA), approval of establishments and general and specific hygiene requirements at the food business operators' level.

The NFSA has taken note of the shortcomings identified, has addressed some of them in it's reply to a draft version of the report and has started working on the recommendations contained in the report. The NFSA's reply is annexed to the final report.

Read the final report here.


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