The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) had less inspection activity in 2012 compared to 2011. The number of supervisions was almost unchanged for most areas, but an exception was domestic animals, which had a 16 per cent fall in supervision activity.
|1The total of inspections presented only cover the selected areas plants, land animals, fish, food industry, grocery and drinking water. They do not include the total figure for supervisions, so in reality the total is higher.|
|Own production (NOK million)||1 301||1 280||1 318|
|Wage costs in per cent of own production||58.3||60.6||61.2|
|Purchase of goods and services in per cent of own production||41.7||39.4||38.8|
|Investments (NOK million)||-||-||-|
|Transfers (NOK million)||4||5||7|
|Total expenditure (NOK million)||1 305||1 285||1 325|
|Compensation to PFI projects (NOK million)||93||96||99|
|Contracted man-years adjusted for long term leaves (man-years)||1 299||1 293||...|
|Activity and services|
|Inspections total1||32 571||42 986||39 639|
|Inspected carcasses approved for human consumption (tonnes)||322 238||321 210||...|
|Inspected plant consignments||869||1 255||1 703|
|Border control: Inspected consignments from countries outside EEA area||2 783||3 968||4 768|
|Export certificates drawn for fish and fish products||40 104||41 098||47 657|
|Food poisoning where transmission has occurred in Norway||1 468||1 495||1 348|
The fall in the number of inspections was despite a strong focus on animal welfare. This can be explained by the successful intensive activity in this field in 2011. For the other inspection areas changes were only small, which indicates stable activity. A total of 39 639 inspections were carried out in selected areas for plants, land animals, fish, drinking water and food, which is a decline of 8 per cent compared to 2011.
More efficient development of regulations
One of the NFSA’s main roles is to develop and administer the legislation covering food, plants, animals, fish and drinking water. This legislation in many cases originates from the EEA agreement, and the NFSA’s task is to implement these into the Norwegian legal system. In 2012, 78 per cent of the EEA regulations were implemented within the deadline. Compared to earlier years, this was a considerable increase, with 57 per cent of implementations in 2011.
More global challenges
The NFSA experienced more activity related to border control, import and export. These figures show 20 per cent more inspected consignments from countries outside the EEA area and an increase of 16 per cent in export certificates issued for fish and fish products.
2012 figures for the surveillance and control programme within the aforementioned areas are not yet available, but will be released in autumn 2013.