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Norwegian Feed Report Monitors Fish Safety

NORWAY - Feed and feed raw materials may contain undesirable substances, which again may be transferred to the fish. Therefore, the feed surveillance programme contributes significantly to the overview of undesirable substances of Norwegian farmed fish, important for the assessment of food safety.

National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES) monitors the content of undesirable substances in feed and feed raw materials for fish and other marine animals on behalf of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority.

Knowledge about the feed content is necessary in order to implement good risk assessment related to farmed fish, which in Norway still is mainly salmonids. The feed surveillance programme is relatively broad, yet it emphasise on analysing substances of significance to the seafood safety.

The presence of illegal feed materials, additives, pathogenic bacteria, fungus, pesticides, dioxins, PCB and several metals is characterised. Overall, 470 samples were analysed in 2007. Results from 2007 shows an over all good microbiological quality.

In addition, no analysis of other substances exceeded the EU`s upper limit where these are set, with two exceptions: for mercury 1 of 22 analysed samples, and for total arsenic 2 of 22 analysed samples exceeded EU’s upper limit.

Further Reading

- You can download the Feed Report 2007 by clicking here.

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