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Food safety: Shortcomings detected in Norwegian import controls

13.5.2013

PR(13)42

Norway needs to improve its import control system and veterinary checks of products of animal origin coming in to the country. This is the main conclusion of a report published by the EFTA Surveillance Authority today. 

The Authority visited Norway in January 2013 to verify that official controls related to import control systems and border inspection posts (BIPs) are carried out in compliance with the EEA legislation. 

The report shows that facilities at BIPs and veterinary import procedures in Norway are, in general, in line with the EEA legislation. 

Nevertheless, the report also identifies some shortcomings. In particular, it is not guaranteed that all products of animal origin that enter Norway in transit or for custom warehousing are subject to veterinary checks as they should. This is in part due to the following findings: 

  • Lack of accurate knowledge concerning incoming products. Although the majority of checked goods were correctly pre-notified by operators there were not in all BIPs systematic cross-checks carried out to available cargo manifests or other sources of information.
  • Lack of adequate veterinary checks before customs clearance for goods of animal origin in transit and for custom warehousing.

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) has taken note of the shortcomings identified, and has provided an action plan with deadlines that adresses the Authority's recommendations. The action plan is currently being reviewed by the Authority.


Read the final report here.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Ã’lafur Einarsson
Director, Department of Internal Market Affairs
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 73




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