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NOK 5 million to the Norwegian Food Safety Authority to strengthen the export of Norwegian seafood

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– We are earmarking NOK 5 million for the Norwegian Food Safety Authority’s work to reach new markets and facilitate exports to increase in the future as well, says Fisheries and Oceans Minister Marianne Sivertsen Næss (Ap). Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB

Of NTB | 14.05.2024 12:20:52

Economy and business: – Over time, we have had a large growth in the production and export of seafood. At the same time, we see that the markets are constantly making new demands on the industry, says Fisheries and Oceans Minister Marianne Sivertsen Næss (Ap).

This is the background for the government’s revised national budget earmarking NOK 5 million for the Norwegian Food Safety Authority’s export work.

A lack of resources means that the Norwegian Food Safety Authority currently does not have sufficient capacity to follow up on new requirements to facilitate increased exports. In the spring, the inspectorate announced that it would step up the use of measures against actors who sell unprocessed farmed fish with injuries out of the country.

The proportion of production fish, i.e. farmed fish with wounds and injuries that are not to be converted into human food until it has been mistreated domestically, has increased steadily from 5 per cent in 2018 to 15 per cent in 2023.

In April this year, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority reported that the proportion was up to 38.8 per cent, which is almost twice as much production fish as in the same week the previous year.

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