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Algal Toxins in Shellfish 14.05.2014 14:11

Shellfish have become a popular delicacy and an important resource throughout the world in recent decades. Demand and production of shellfish are increasing, and food safety is an important consideration. Unfortunately, a number of episodes of human food poisoning have been recorded throughout history.

Ergot fungi (Claviceps species) – replacing cereal and grass seed by toxic sclerotia 26.09.2011 18:34

Ergot fungi (Claviceps species) are parasites on more than 600 grass species, including forage grasses and leading cereals worldwide: wheat, rice, barley, sorghum, oats, rye and millet. These fungi may produce a wide range of toxic substances that were responsible for the mass poisonings in the Middle Ages.

Facts on Giardia duodenalis 19.01.2015 16:12

Giardia duodenalis are onecelled parasites that can cause gastrointestinal disease (giardiosis) in animals and humans. Animals can get some of the same kinds of Giardia as humans, but in most cases of giardosis in humans the contimination stems from other humans. Giardia can spread directly between humans, from animals to humans or from watersources via contamination of fertilizers and sewage .

Microcystins 26.10.2012 11:57

Microcystins (MCYST) are hepatotoxic cyanobacterial toxins. In early 1959, the first microcystins were isolated from the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa  as so called “death factor”. The isolated compounds were later named microcystin after the source organism Microcystis aeruginosa.

Fakta om: Rabies 13.10.2015 21:11

Rabies er en fryktet virussjukdom hos dyr og mennesker. Sjukdommen har aldri vært påvist hos dyr i fastlands-Norge, men finnes på Svalbard. Den har et snikende og dødelig forløp, men kan forebygges gjennom vaksinasjon. I følge Verdens helseorganisasjon (WHO) dør mellom 30 000 og 70 000 mennesker hvert år på grunn av rabies.

Virus associated disease in rainbow trout (virus Y) 25.02.2016 12:12

The Norwegian Veterinary Institute diagnosed in 2013 a new disease in rainbow trout in freshwater. Typical findings were circulatory failure, anaemia, inflammation of the heart and skeletal muscle and liver necrosis. There is strong evidence of a viral etiology. The virus is closely related to Piscine orthoreovirus associated with heart- and skeletal muscle inflammation in Atlantic salmon. No new cases of the disease were observed in 2015.