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Food Safety: Satisfactory official controls on fishery products in Norway




In general, the control system is consistently and adequately implemented and covers most of  the fishery products production chain.

This is the main conclusion in a report published by the EFTA Surveillance Authority today, following an inspection carried out in Norway 16 to 25 March 2015.

The relevant EEA legislation has been incorporated into the national legislation. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) is clearly designated as the responsible competent authority and has legal powers to enforce this legislation. A risk-based system for official controls ensuring appropriate frequencies of controls has been implemented.

However, some shortcomings were identified:

  • independent cold stores are not subject to approval in Norway and limited official controls are carried out in such establishments;

  • some processing establishments had been granted full approval without a prior visit;

  • a low number of official controls of specific elements for fishery products, in particular histamine;

  • a number of shortcomings related to internal controls were not identified during official controls;

  • the National Reference Laboratory had limited contacts with the relevant EU Reference Laboratory, and it did not have the necessary overview of laboratories taking part in the official controls.

The NFSA has taken note of the shortcomings identified and have provided an action plan that addresses the Authority's recommendations. The action plan is annexed to the final report and is currently being reviewed by the Authority.



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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