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Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety

The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM) carries out independent risk assessments for the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet) across the Authority’s field of responsibility as well as environmental risk assessments of genetically modified organisms for the Norwegian Environment Agency (Miljødirektoratet).

News from VKM

Benefit and risk assessment of fish in the Norwegian diet - an update of the report from 2006 based on new knowledge

Benefit and risk assessment of fish in the Norwegian diet - an update of the report from 2006 based on new knowledge

Following a comprehensive assessment of the scientific literature on the positive health effects of fish consumption and the contribution from fish to intake of beneficial compounds as well as exposure to hazardous contaminants in Norway, VKM concludes that the benefits clearly outweighs the negligible risk presented by current levels of the contaminants and other known undesirable substances in fish.
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Final health and environmental risk assessment of genetically modified soybean 40-3-2 (EFSA/GMO/RX/40-3-2)

Final health and environmental risk assessment of genetically modified soybean 40-3-2 (EFSA/GMO/RX/40-3-2)

In preparation for a legal implementation of EU-regulation 1829/2003, the Norwegian Environment Agency (former Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management) has requested the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) to give final opinions on all genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and products containing or consisting of GMOs that are authorized in the European Union under Directive 2001/18/EC or Regulation 1829/2003/EC within the Authority’s sectoral responsibility.
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Health- risk assessment of the fungicide Frupica with the active compound mepanipyrim

Health- risk assessment of the fungicide Frupica with the active compound mepanipyrim

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) has requested the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM) for an updated assessment of the active substance mepanipyrim, and a metabolite Called M11, in regard to genetic harmful effects.
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