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Food Safety: Transmissible diseases under control in Norway but hygienic shortcomings seen in a hospital kitchen



The EFTA Surveillance Authority has published a report from an inspection to Norway in June 2012 on controls  of diseases caused by infectious agents that can be transmitted between (or are shared by) animals and humans (e.g. Salmonella). The legislative requirements and controls in relation to Salmonella and other diseases are in line with, or even more strict, than those laid down in the European Economic Area legislation. Minor shortcomings were found in the system.  This is the overall conclusion of the report.

However, serious shortcomings were found in one of the establishments visited, a hospital kitchen catering meals to a substantial number of hospitalised people. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) took immediate corrective actions, including temporary closure of the kitchen:

  • suspension of preparation of meals;
  • implementation of hygienic corrective measures;
  • destruction of a substantial amount of expired, unlabelled and “not to be frozen” products found in a freezer of the establishment. 

The Authority carried out the previous inspection on Salmonella to Norway in 2007 and found during that mission similar hygienic shortcomings in the same hospital kitchen. Following that mission Norway notified corrective actions, including follow up of the kitchen.

The NFSA has taken note of the shortcomings identified in the report from June 2012, has addressed 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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