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Food Safety: Norway needs to improve its import control system

1.2.2018

PR(18)02 

EN | NO

Norway needs to improve its controls concerning transit and transhipment of consignments of both products of animal origin and live animals, and its monitoring plan for sampling imported consignments.

This is the main conclusion in a report published by the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) today, following an audit carried out in Norway in October 2017.ESA_logo_Col_600

During the mission, ESA identified weaknesses in relation to physical checks, including sampling and related use of the European database Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES). The monitoring plan for sampling imported consignments was not in line with legal requirements and channelling of consignments was not implemented. The facilities visited were generally compliant with legal requirements, although shortcomings were detected in handling of certain products for human consumption and not for human consumption, and in the use of commercial storage facilities.

ESA also found that limited progress has been made regarding controls, monitoring and follow-up of consignments in transit and transhipment, and there is still no system to detect consignments under customs procedure arriving at the border and transported directly to customs warehouses.

Apart from the identified weaknesses, veterinary checks on imported consignments are generally performed according to Norway's planned arrangements. The ESA team also found that Norway's import control system is supported by coordination between competent authorities, trained staff and documented procedures, although consistency in veterinary checks at the border inspection posts was not always ensured.

ESA's report sets out recommendations to Norway on how to rectify the shortcomings. The Norwegian competent authority has taken note of the shortcomings identified and have provided an action plan that addresses ESA's recommendations. The action plan is annexed to the final report and is currently being reviewed by ESA.


For further information, please contact:

Ms. Anne Vestbakke
Head of Communications
tel. +32 2 286 18 66
mob. +32 490 57 63 53




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