Feed Safety

The Norwegian Veterinary Institute monitor feed materials and animal feed for fungi, myxotoxins and sometimes also pathogenic bacteria on assignment from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority.

The aim of the surveillance program is to monitor the hygienic condition and the occurrence of substances that may be a health threat for the animals or for humans through consumption of animal products.


In 2017 various mycotoxins and fungi were measured in oats and barley, aflatoxins were measured in maize and in compound feed for ruminants, and various mycotoxins were measured in compound feed for pig and dog. Concerning fungi, in total 30% of oat samples showed total mould above guidance value for acceptable level (500,000 cfu/g). Considerably lower levels of mould were found in barley with only 2% of the samples above guidance value.

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