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Food safety: Satisfactory controls of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (“mad cow disease”) in Norway




Official controls in Norway related to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE, “mad cow disease) epidemio-surveillance are in general in compliance with the European Economic Area (EEA) legislation although some improvements have to be made. This is the main conclusion in a report published by the EFTA Surveillance Authority (the Authority) today. 

The Authority visited Norway in April 2013 to verify that official controls in Norway related to BSE epidemio-surveillance were carried out in compliance with the EEA legislation. 

The main outstanding issue is that Norway does not respect the total feed ban of proteins of animal origin to ruminants. Norway allows production of ruminant feed in facilities not physically separate from facilities producing feed containing fish meal for non-ruminant species, contrary to what EEA law requires. 

Other shortcomings identified include the following areas:

  • The use of the Norwegian domestic animal database as a tool to implement BSE control measures can be improved.
  • Not all required animals are sampled and tested for BSE.
  • Procedures to verify the effectiveness of official controls related to BSE monitoring and the feed ban were found not fully in place. 

The report includes a number of recommendations addressed to Norway aimed at rectifying the identified shortcomings and enhancing the control system in place. 

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) has taken note of the shortcomings identified, and has provided an action plan that addresses 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, Internal Markets Affairs Directorate
(+32)(0)2 286 18 77

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