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Food safety: Shortcomings found in Icelandic controls of poultry meat production



Iceland needs to improve the official controls of poultry meat production to make sure that they are in line with EEA food safety legislation.

This is part of the overall conclusion of a report published by the EFTA Surveillance Authority today, after an inspection carried out by the Authority in November 2013.

Iceland has a control system in place for production of poultry meat and products thereof, as laid down in EEA legislation. Comprehensive training has been provided, a quality management system has been launched and a system of risk classification has been implemented. Still, the Authority inspection identified certain shortcomings in the official controls carried out.

Meat inspection procedures before and after the poultry was slaughtered were carried out by insufficiently trained slaughterhouse staff without the presence and supervision from an official veterinarian. In addition, establishments had been approved without being fully in compliance with requirements in the EEA legislation.

At the food business operators level, shortcomings were identified in general and specific hygiene requirements, including:

  • structural deficiencies, lack of maintenance and insufficient cleaning procedures;
  • lack of the required microbiological controls of poultry meat and products thereof;
  • incomplete own-check procedures in the food establishments.

Some of the shortcomings had not been identified by the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST).

MAST has taken note of the shortcomings identified, and has provided an action plan with deadlines in which the Authority's recommendations are partly addressed. The action plan is included as Annex 3 to the final report.

Read the final report here


For further information, please contact:

Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187


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