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Food and Veterinary Inspection

This page contains information about the organization of the ​​Food and Veterinary Inspection in Denmark.

​​The food and veterinary inspection is handled by local offices.

The local offices carry out the inspection of food companies and livestock production, and serve as animal health units in the event of outbreaks of contagious diseases among livestock.​​​

Food Inspection Units
The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) has four food inspection units. These units are in charge of food inspections from raw materials to finished products.​

Inspections at food establishments include checks of internal control schemes, hygiene and labelling.

The Food Inspection Units are responsible f​or:
  • Inspections at restaurants, supermarkets and other food establishments according to the Danish smiley scheme
  • Registration, approval and licensing of food establishments
  • Border control of imports and exports of live animals,
    foods and non-food products of animal origin
  • Sampling for laboratory analysis
  • Follow-up on violations established
  • Issuance of certificates, e.g. in connection with exports,
    and sealing of trucks
  • Provision of nutritional information by the flying squad
    set up under the ‘All About Diet’ project

Veterinary Inspection Units
​The DVFA has three veterinary inspection units.

The Veterinary Inspection Units are in charge of inspecting farmed animals, and they develop and maintain emergency measures against infectious livestock diseases and combat such diseases that may break out.

The inspections of farmed animals include: 
  • ​Inspection of animal welfare, use of medicinal products and
  • Transport conditions
The Veterinary Inspection Units are responsible for:
  • Registration, approval and licensing of livestock, transporters and enterprises producing non-food products of animal origin
  • Inspections of livestock, assembly centres and transports of livestock, non-food enterprises and inspections of labelling and traceability of live animals
  • Sampling for analytical testing
  • Follow-up on violations established
  • Casework relating to registration, labelling and traceability of live animals
  • Issuance of certificates, e.g. in connection with exports and sealing of consignments
  • Surveillance tasks, contingency plans and exercises
  • Managing of suspicions and control of livestock diseases

Food Inspection Task Force
This flying squad works together with the Food Inspection Units to check the accounts and documents of enterprises.

It may take action, if illegal enterprises or unlawful slaughter practices have been reported.

The flying squad performs tasks all over Denmark.

Veterinary Inspection Task Force
This task force is to carry out verification inspections, animal welfare inspections of livestock and inspections of assembly centres, transports of livestock and the use of veterinary medicinal products.

The task force performs tasks all over Denmark.
The laboratory performs both microbiological and chemical analyses. 

The laboratory is responsible for: 
  • Nationally coordinated monitoring, mapping and control programmes, e.g. relating to salmonella in meat
  • Regionally managed inspection samples
  • Market-driven activities: samples and tests requested by private enterprises
  • Import sampling

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List of approved food establishments

List of approved non-food establishments

List of approved transporters of live animals

Last Modified 26. July 2021