It's important to us because it's important to you

As the second largest seafood exporter in the world, we have a duty of care to all of our consumers. And that’s a responsibility we take very seriously indeed.            

We understand that there is a growing concern about food safety on a global scale, so we seek to reassure our consumers through our diligent approach to process and our openness on the subject.

What we do

The Norwegian system adheres to international standards, but we also have our own stringent national system through which we can monitor every aspect of our food chain.

Norway works closely with EU Food Law and our country was one of the first to introduce a traceability system for fish. Through this system, we’re able to find out exactly where your cod has come from.            

At a national level, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries is responsible for everything from Norway’s sea transport infrastructure to the health and welfare of our fish.            

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority councils the Ministry and is concerned with seafood safety. Together, these two bodies help to ensure that Norway’s seafood is safe to eat and that our seas continue to function as a healthy home for fish.

Norway's commitment

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Seafood is our biggest export after oil, so it's extremely important for our economy that we continue to meet, if not exceed, international demands for quality and safety. By ensuring that everyone works together at every level of our food chain, we can protect the quality and safety of our produce. Working together ensures that Norwegian cod has a provenance you can trust.

Working together

Our system of surveillance requires each organisation – NIFES, NFSA, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Fishermens sales organizations, NSC and the IMR – to co-operate with one another to achieve our safety and quality goals.             

By working together, we're able to analyse the entire production process – from fisherman to fork – to ensure food safety. Discover more about how industry bodies are keeping Norway's food safe on their dedicated page.