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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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Assessment of microorganisms used as other substances in food supplements

Assessment of microorganisms used as other substances in food supplements

It is unlikely that microorganisms in supplements have negative health effects for healthy population with mature intestinal flora. That is the conclusion of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM), that has assessed the use of some specific strains of 12 microorganisms.
[06.12.2016] Read more
Assessment of risks to animal health and biodiversity from import and farming of Australian red claw crayfish

Assessment of risks to animal health and biodiversity from import and farming of Australian red claw crayfish

It seems unlikely that the Australian red claw clayfish will establish reproductive populations under Norwegian climate conditions, but hitchhiker organisms and infectious agents could potentially follow the import, and unless managed, may pose risks to biodiversity and aquatic animal health. This is the conclusion in a risk assessment from the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM).
[30.11.2016] Read more
Assessment of manure and digestive tract content from slaughterhouses as a pathway for weeds and plant pests

Assessment of manure and digestive tract content from slaughterhouses as a pathway for weeds and plant pests

Culture plants are exposed to many different pests. Only a small number of pests survive in animal stomach and in manure. Among these are a few who have limited geographic coverage today, and they can expand their area through the proliferation of gastric contents and manure from slaughterhouses for farmland.
[15.11.2016] Read more