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Food Safety: Satisfactory controls on growing of vegetables in Norway

12.12.2013

PR(13)88

Official controls related to primary production of food of plant origin in Norway are generally in compliance with European Economic Area (EEA) legislation, although some improvements can still be made.

This is the main conclusion in a report published by the EFTA Surveillance Authority today, following an inspection carried out in Norway in September 2013.

The report shows that the relevant Norwegian control programs are in general satisfactory. However, some remarks in the report indicate that this area of control has until recently not been prioritized by the competent authorities in Norway, and some parts of the system are still at a preliminary stage:

  • The current system for risk categorization of establishments is not always reflecting the actual risk of the end product of the establishment.
  • Procedures to verify the effectiveness of official controls are not always clearly established.

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 has taken note of the shortcomings identified and has provided an action plan that addresses the Authority's recommendations. This action plan is currently being reviewed by the Authority.

 

For further information, please contact:

Janne Britt Krakhellen
Deputy Director, Internal Markets Affairs Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 77




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