The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment (VKM) is making a risk-benefit assessment of fish in the Norwegian diet, at the request of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA).
VKM’s assessment will examine the impact of fish consumption on the Norwegian population, if people:
VKM selects the substances and scenarios relevant to the assessment.
Fish contain nutrients that are good for our health yet can also contain undesirable contaminants that pose a health risk. A risk-benefit assessment of a specific food examines both nutrients and undesirable substances, to evaluate whether the food is more beneficial than damaging. If the food is found to be beneficial, an amount of consumption optimal for attaining positive health effects may be determined.
Since new relevant data is available, the NFSA has requested a new risk-benefit assessment of fish consumption in Norway. The NFSA will use the assessment to update advice and warnings about eating fish in Norway.
VKM’s Scientific Steering Committee is responsible for the assessment, which will be published during the spring of 2021.