Committee of Senior Officials of the Nordic Countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the Field of Food Issues (CSO-NB8-Food)

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15 Sep 1980, Oslo (Norway), by Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM). Statutes adopted 25 Nov 1981, when working procedures approved. Responsible to the Council of Ministers (Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry and Foodstuffs). Original title: Standing Nordic Committee on Food -- Permanente Nordiske Utvalg for Naeringsmiddelspørsmål (PNUN); also previously referred to as Permanent Nordic Committee on Food and Nutrition Policy -- Permanenta Nordiska Utskottet för Livsmedelsfrågor. Name changed, 8 May 1989, to Nordic Committee of Senior Officials for Food Issues -- Nordiska Ämbetsmannakommittén för Livsmedelsfrågor (ÄK-LIVS) -- Pohjoismainen Elintarvikeasiain Virkamieskomitea, when working procedures were approved. Also referred to in English as Nordic Committee on Food Questions.


Coordinate and harmonize food legislation, food control and food and nutrition policy within Nordic countries; protect the consumer by ensuring safety and wholesomeness of foods and fair practices within the food trade; reduce trade barriers between Nordic countries and on a broad international basis; rationalize the work of the authorities through coordination of administrative arrangements and procedures; enable more effective utilization of scientific and economic resources; further development and strengthening of sectors within the foodstuffs field; develop and strengthen inter-Nordic contact, mutual exchange of information and sharing of experience.

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Meetings of researchers and administrators initiate and carry through projects to harmonize legislation, food control systems, etc. Main areas of concern: (1) 'Prevention of diet-related health problems' - ongoing activities aim at reduction of non-tariff barriers and include review of rules and procedures on: labelling of pre-packaged foods, food additives and food contaminants; control of imported foods; use of drugs in food-producing animals. Future concerns include: food safety and fair practices in the trade; relationships between diet and health; significance and consequences of biotechnology in the food sector; differences in food law and administrative practices, in the context of EFTA and EEC cooperation and other relevant international fora such as Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC). Nordic Working Group on Nutrition -- Nordisk Arbeidsgruppe for Kost- og Ernaeringsspørsmål (NKE) acts as scientific advisory body. (2) 'Evaluation of harmful substances in food' - aims for more uniform assessment both of hazards to health caused by individual substances and of total load and overall risk to which the population is subjected. Nordic Working Group on Food Toxicology -- Nordisk Arbeidsgruppe for Naeringsmiddeltoksikologi (NNT) promotes cooperation and coordination for uniform assessment of health risks. (3) 'Food control and methods of analysis' - priorities include surveillance and control of imported food, guidelines for laboratory services and development of control and analytical methods. NNK also links the methods committees, channelling NNT and NNK requests for services and studies to NMKL.


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Subjects *

  • Amenities
    • Consumers
    • Food
  • Government
    • Officials
  • Law
    • Law
  • Cybernetics
    • Control

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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3. Oct 2011
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