The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment (VKM) will assess the consequences of importing roughage, on plant health, animal health, public health and on biodiversity.
The drought and heat wave during the summer of 2018 caused crop failures in many areas of Norway. Large volumes of hay, straw, silage and other types of roughage were imported to meet the needs of livestock producers. There are concerns that foreign roughage may carry pathogenic agents as well as alien organisms.
VKM will assess potential effects of roughage import on biodiversity. VKM will also investigate pathogenic agents which might get transferred through imported roughage, and the consequences they might have for plant health, animal health and public health.
The Norwegian Food Safety Authority and the Norwegian Environment Agency will use the report to provide evidence-based guidance for the import and use of roughage in livestock production.
The project group in VKM includes (to be updated):
Håvard Steinshamn, Scientific Panel on Animal Feed
Åshild Taksdal Randby, external Expert, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Jacques Godfroid, Scientific Panel on Animal Health and Welfare
Angelika Agdestein, Scientific Panel on Animal Health and Welfare
Bjørnar Ytrehus, Scientific Panel on Microbial Ecology
Heidi Lange, external Expert, Norwegian Public Institute of Health
Truls Nesbakken, Scientific Panel on Biological Hazards
Dean Basic (Project Manager), VKM Secretariat
Tron Gifstad, VKM Secretariat
Siamak Yazdankhah, VKM Secretariat
Members from the Scientific Panels on Animal Feed, on Plant Health, on Animal Health and Welfare, on Microbial Ecology, on Biological Hazards and on Alien Organisms and Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) will be responsible for approving the report.
Publication is scheduled for April 2021.