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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

Risk assessment of the beetle Agrilus planipennis that attacks ash trees

Risk assessment of the beetle Agrilus planipennis that attacks ash trees

Should Agrilus planipennis reach Norway by imported trees or timber, there is a high probability of establishment and spread. The potential damage is considered high, since ash trees in forests, parks and urban areas of Norway may be killed within a few years after infestation.
[24.11.2014] Read more
Risk assessment of fish health and fish welfare in freshwater production systems

Risk assessment of fish health and fish welfare in freshwater production systems

On behalf of NFSA, the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM) has reviewed water quality, fish density and infectious diseases as important risk factors for fish health and fish welfare in freshwater production systems.
[13.11.2014] Read more
Risk assessment of amoebic gill disease in fish

Risk assessment of amoebic gill disease in fish

Amoebic gill disease (AGD) represents a substantial risk for the fish health in Norwegian seawater fish farms. Development of amoebic gill disease can be controlled at site level, given early detection and treatment, but it is not considered possible to achieve and maintain areas free from the pathogenic agent.
[12.11.2014] Read more