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Food Safety: Iceland must improve controls of animal by-products




Iceland has not made adequate arrangements to ensure that all animal by-products are handled, processed and disposed of correctly in line with EEA legislation. This is the conclusion in a report published by the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) after an audit in Iceland in June this year.

ESA's team found that very limited progress, and in certain cases, no progress has been made from ESA's mission in 2013 in relation to official controls on animal by-products. Animal by-products (ABPs) are bodies or parts of animals or products thereof not intended for human consumption. To avoid potential risk to public and animal health, strict rules are in place concerning the handling, processing and disposal of ABPs.

Iceland must change their practices and ensure that animal by-products are treated in an adequate way. This is an issue that must be resolved urgently,” says Högni S. Kristjánsson, ESA College member.

Further, ESA has an ongoing infringement procedure against Iceland, regarding direct disposal of ABPs from slaughterhouses and fallen stock as waste in landfills and burial of fallen stock on farms. This will continue to be pursued by ESA.

The report includes a number of recommendations addressed to Iceland aimed at rectifying the identified shortcomings and enhancing the control system in place. The Icelandic authorities have taken note of the shortcomings identified, and provided an action plan, which is annexed to the final report and is currently being reviewed by ESA.

Read the full report and executive summary here .

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Ásta Sigrún Magnúsdóttir 
Communications officer
tel. +32 2 286 18 78
mob. +32 490 57 63 59

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