Norway - Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards

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The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet) is the central supervisory authority for matters relating to food, including imports of food, in Norway.
Being a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), Norway applies relevant EU-legislation on food standards. The bulk of the Norwegian food legislation on food safety, labeling and traceability is subject to standardized EU rules, which have been incorporated into Norwegian legislation through the EEA cooperation. Norway has not, however, harmonized its tariffs for foodstuffs with the EU. Norwegian tariffs for commodities that are grown and/or produced domestically are significantly higher compared to EU tariffs.
In its EEA accession, Norway succeeded in receiving a derogation allowing Norway, as well as Sweden and Finland, to apply stricter salmonella control and stricter border controls (a quarantine on imports of live animals) than that of EU member countries.
Norway applies more restrictive legislation than the EU with regard to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), under the umbrella of public health precaution.

Authors: 
Asa Wideback
Publisher: 
USDA GAIN
Year: 
2012