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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, alien organisms, micro-organisms and CITES for the Norwegian Environment Agency (Miljødirektoratet).

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Risk assessment of genetically modified carnation SHD-27531-4 (notification C/NL/13/01)

Risk assessment of genetically modified carnation SHD-27531-4 (notification C/NL/13/01)

The Norwegian Environment Agency has requested the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM) to provide a scientific opinion on the notification C/NL/13/01 from Suntory Holding Ltd submitted under Part C of EU Directive 2001/18. The scope of notification C/NL/13/01 covers import, distribution and retailing of cut flowers of genetically modified carnation SHD-27531-4 for ornamental use in the EU/European Economic Area (EEA).
[05.07.2016] Read more
Unknown origin of Chronic Wasting Disease in Norway

Unknown origin of Chronic Wasting Disease in Norway

There is currently no information that can be used to determine the origin of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Norway, concludes the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM) in an opinion on factors associated with introduction of CWD to Norway.
[30.06.2016] Read more
Assessment of risks to Norwegian biodiversity from the import and keeping of terrestrial arachnids and insects

Assessment of risks to Norwegian biodiversity from the import and keeping of terrestrial arachnids and insects

Two mantid species are likely to be able to establish viable populations in Norway in a 50 years perspective. They are assessed of having a moderate risk of causing negative impacts on Norwegian biodiversity and ecosystems.
[29.06.2016] Read more