The Norwegian Environment Agency and the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) have requested the Norwegian Scientific committee for food safety (VKM) to assess the risks related to Chronic Wasting Disease in cervids in Norway.
The assignment comprise two phases. In Phase 1, VKM assessed questions related to food safety and disease transmission among animals. The report resulting from phase 1 was published on June 30, 2016.
Evaluation of management measures
In phase 2 of the project, VKM will assess possible management measures that could prevent further spread of the disease in Norway. CWD has been a problem for cervids in North America for a long time, and VKM will evaluate whether some of the measures used in North America could be efficient also under Norwegian conditions.
The phase 2 report is most likely be published in March 2017.
One reindeer and two moose were diagnosed with Chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Norway in April, 2016. While CWD is well known for moose (as well as other cervid species) in North America, it was the first time the disease was diagnosed in Europe, and in reindeer.
Due to the novelty of the situation, lack of data and experience in managing this disease, the Norwegian Environment Agency and NFSA requested VKM to conduct a risk assessment.