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Food safety: Room for improvement of official controls of potable water in Iceland



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

The Authority carried out inspections in Iceland in January 2013. The Authority found improvements in comparison to the previous mission carried out in 2007, however there is still room for improvements.

As pointed out in previous missions, one of  the Authority's concerns was  the lack of coordination and cooperation between The Icelandic competent authorities.

Other needs for improvement were observed in relation to:

  • The transposition of all requirements in the EEA legislation concerning potable water into the Icelandic internal legal order
  • The appropriate reporting of relevant parameters by official laboratories
  • The implementation of all the requirements in the field of water policy
  • The supply of all relevant information concerning potable water to the Authority and to the public
  • The fulfilment of the requirements related to potable water in all food-production undertaking
  • The registration and approval of food business operators and their implementation of the hazard analysis critical control points principles.

The Icelandic competent authorities has taken note of the shortcomings identified in the report from January 2013. It has addressed them in a reply to a draft version of the report and has started working on the recommendations contained in the report. The reply is annexed to the final report.

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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