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Food safety: Norway must improve official controls of potable water

1.7.2013

PR(13)59

Although the official controls on potable water in Norway were satisfactory in general, there are needs for improvements. This is the main conclusion in a report published by the EFTA Surveillance Authority today.

The Authority visited Norway in March 2013 to verify that official controls of the quality of water used and produced by the food industry were carried out in compliance with the EEA legislation.

The previous mission on quality of water was carried out in November 2007. Since then, there have been some improvements. However, several shortcomings were identified during this year's mission.

The main needs for improvement are in the following areas: 

  • The transposition of all requirements laid down in EEA legislation into the national legal order 
  • The regular monitoring of the quality of water by the competent authority, for all water intended for human consumption 
  • Guarantees that only potable water is used in food producing establishments 
  • All relevant information concerning potable water should be available to the public and the Authority

The report includes a number of recommendations addressed to Norway and the competent authorities. The recommendations aim at rectifying the identified shortcomings and enhancing the control systems already in place.

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) has taken note of the shortcomings identified, and has provided an action plan 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:

Janne Britt Krakhellen
Deputy Director, Department of Internal Market Affairs
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 73




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