Norway – Norwegian surveillance finds low levels of Salmonella

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Norwegian cattle, swine and poultry are only rarely infected with Salmonella, according to the results of surveillance programs in 2020.

Occurrence of Salmonella in Norwegian production animals and animal products is very low compared to most other countries. Salmonellosis has increased in recent decades but the majority of infections are acquired abroad.

Surveillance covers live animals such as pigs, poultry and cattle, eggs and fresh meat from pigs and cattle. Any Salmonella isolated in the programs is notifiable to the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet). The Norwegian Veterinary Institute coordinates the surveillance programs, examines fecal samples and reports the results. Private laboratories analyze samples collected at slaughterhouses and cutting plants.

Programs are approved by the EU Commission which allows Norway to require additional guarantees on Salmonella when importing live animals and food products of animal origin from the European Union.

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