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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).

News from VKM

Tuta absoluta will probably cause damage to the Norwegian tomato industry

Tuta absoluta will probably cause damage to the Norwegian tomato industry

The tomato leaf miner moth Tuta Absoluta will probably cause damage to the Norwegian tomato industry if control measures are not taken. The probability of crop loss and increased use of chemical and biological pesticides is high.
[18.06.2017] Read more
The import and release of Swedish mallards can harm Norwegian biodiversity and water quality

The import and release of Swedish mallards can harm Norwegian biodiversity and water quality

The import of farmed mallards from Sweden and the subsequent release of these birds for hunting purposes may have negative consequences for Norwegian biodiversity and water quality. The health and welfare of the released birds are also of concern. The magnitude of the negative consequences is expected to increase with increasing number of birds being released.
[15.06.2017] Read more
Advancing environmental risk assessment by accounting for biodiversity and ecosystem services as protection goals

Joint VKM and EFSA Symposium in Oslo, 26 - 27 October 2017:

Advancing environmental risk assessment by accounting for biodiversity and ecosystem services as protection goals

How can we derive operational protection goals for use in environmental risk assessments? This question will be addressed at the Symposium where EFSA’s latest guidance on making protection goals operational will be presented.
[31.05.2017] Read more