The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) requests the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM) to conduct a health risk assessment of radioactivity in food in Norway.
The assessment will be used to review the current limits for radioactive substances in food and drinking water as well as the current limits for introducing countermeasures.
Norway was among the countries outside the former Soviet Union that received most radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl accident in 1986. During the years since the accident, extensive monitoring of radioactive contamination in foodstuffs has been performed.
According to the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority, the results from many of these investigations show that radioactive contamination after Chernobyl is a long lasting problem and that the use of countermeasures will still be necessary for several years to come.
According to the NFSA the Fukushima-accident in 2011 was an important reminder for the need for up-to-date legislateion, preparedness and monitory systems.
The NFSA requests VKM to perform a health risk assessment based on current levels of radioactive substances in food and drinking water.
The Scientific Stearing Committee will be responsible for this risk assessment, which is scheduled for publication in 2016.