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Food Safety: Satisfactory controls of food of non-animal origin in Norway



The official controls on food hygiene and import of food of non-animal origin in Norway are generally satisfactory, with some shortcomings 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 February 2012 to verify that official controls related to general hygienic rules and import controls of food of non-animal origin were carried out in compliance with the European Economic Area legislation.

The situation is in general satisfactory, in particular for the import controls: staff is well trained, proper facilities for import controls and laboratory services for official samples are available.

Shortcomings in the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) control system noted by the mission team included:

  • insufficient coordination between the different units of the NFSA
  • lack of appropriate risk assessment to establish the frequency of official controls of food business operators
  • required samples were not always collected due to shortage of staff
  • incomplete assessment of the establishments' own-check systems (HACCP plans - Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points)
  • delays in the recall from the market of non-compliant food.

The NFSA has taken note of the shortcomings identified, has addressed some of them in its 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.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Trygve Mellvang-Berg
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187

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