NIFES gives research-based management support in the area of undesirable substances in seafood such as organic and inorganic environmental pollutants, additives, residues of pharmaceuticals used in aquaculture, microorganisms and parasites in fish feed and seafood. The institute gives scientific advice to the government and food authorities concerning health and safety aspects of seafood from both wild catch and farmed fish.</
The institute give researched based advice on risk management within its research areas to the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, and the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal affairs.
The results of NIFES’ monitoring of undesirable substances in seafood are available in the searchable database Seafood data.
The institute also develops analytical methods to examine seafood products.
The institute's research focus is nutrition: feed for fish - and fish as food. The institute gives scientific advice to the government and food authorities concerning health and safety aspects of seafood from both wild catch and farmed fish.
The institute is independent of the fishery industry and the research results are published in international scientific peer reviewed journals and made available to the general public via our web pages.
More about NIFES research activities at www.nifes.no .
Accreditation of methods
NIFES has 81 accredited methods according to NS-EN ISO/IEC 17025, used in the surveillance.
The institute educates scientists at master- and PhD-level for the University of Bergen.
What are the results used for?
The results are published in scientific peer reviewed journals which e.g. are used by the EU in determining upper maximum limits for contaminants in feed and food, such as dioxins, mercury and arsenic.