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Iceland must improve disposal of animal-by products

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 4, 2020
ESA said Iceland continues to fail to meet its obligations under the EEA Agreement concerning disposal of certain animal-by products.
Iceland meat factory
Iceland   Iceland meat factory
Under the EEA Agreement, Iceland is required to ensure that bodies or parts of animals not intended for human consumption (animal by-products) are disposed of using methods which minimise potential public and animal health risks.

Topics: Iceland

Iceland has failed to undertake official controls or measures or to ensure that an adequate system is in place to prevent unauthorised burial on site or the direct disposal in landfill sites without prior processing of certain animal by-products.

The conclusions are based on findings from two previous audits by ESA to assess Iceland's compliance with animal by-product requirements.

ESA sent a letter of formal notice to Iceland in 2018. So far the necessary adjustments have not been completed by Iceland.

This is why ESA issued a reasoned opinion, giving Iceland three months to comply with EEA law. A reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. ESA may bring the matter before the EFTA Court if Iceland fails to take the required measures.