EEA

Food Safety

The EU has established a significant body of legislation relating to all stages of the food chain, which has been implemented by Norway and the other EFTA EEA States.

Food safety has become on of the main priorities of the European Union in recent years. As part of the development of the EU internal market, a significant body of legislation relating to all stages of the food chain has been established. Norwegian experts take part in the work of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, as well as in numerous working and expert groups. The related legislation is implemented into the EEA Agreement on a continuous basis. The working groups prepare legislation covering all stages of the food chain. The responsibility for legislation that covers the food chain is DG Health and Consumer Protection (DG Sanco). The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was established in 2002 to assist the Commission in matters relating to food safety.

As an integral part of the internal market, the EFTA EEA States have, with some minor exceptions, implemented all of the EU's legislation relating to all stages of the food chain. Norway also carries out checks at its outer border through Border Inspection Posts. The responsibility for different aspects related to food safety and control in Norway lies with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Fisheries. The responsibility for the control of the food chain will as of 2004 be merged into one national food authority.

The Norwegian Food Control Authority has the main responsibility for the implementation of legislation in the fields of food control, additives, pesticides, contaminants, packaging materials, dietetic foods, new foods, nutrition, fortification, radiation and label.

The Norwegian Animal Health Authority has the main responsibility for the implementation of legislation with regard to animal health and animal welfare.

The Norwegian Agricultural Inspection Service has the main responsibility for the implementation of legislation with regard to feedingstuffs, seed and propagating materials, organic farming, fertilisers and plant health and,

The Directorate of Fisheries has the main responsibility for the implementation of legislation with regard to fish and fish products.

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