Codex Fiskekomite - middagstale

Holdt av Elisabeth Aspaker, Ålesund 23.oktober 2015

Ladies and gentlemen,

Members of the Codex committee,

Dear friends.

What a pleasure it is to spend this evening of celebration with about 150 of the world's experts on seafood safety.

No doubt, a demanding crowd for any fish-serving restaurant, though my impression is that this place has more than fulfilled every standard.


As we now have rounded off the 34th and - at the moment – last session of the Codex Committee on Fish and Fishery Products, this is an evening of celebration, but also a small portion of sadness as the committee now will enter a passive phase.

Looking back - since 1963 - the achievements of the Codex Alimentarius includes the development of more than 200 food standards and more than 100 guidelines and codes of practices for food production and processing.  

This Committee has been an important contributor to this achievement and you have every reason to be proud of its results.

It has developed important standards in protecting health, without creating obstacles for an efficient and fair seafood trade.

And perhaps as important, you have all worked for a greater good, disregarding own interests when this has been in conflict with the task at hand.

As one of the world's largest seafood producers, Norway has a lot to be grateful for when it comes to the efforts and achievements of this competent and dedicated committee over the years.


Going forward, looking into the future, I believe the Codex will be increasingly relevant.

In a changing world where transportation, communications and scientific developments move at a much faster pace, this have implications for future food safety.

This committee has provided the important foundations so we can handle these future challenges in the global fish and seafood industry.

Based on this foundation - Norway will now take responsibility in solving these challenges within the framework of the Codex Alimentarius.


Let me again – on behalf of the Norwegian government – express my gratitude for the work done and results achieved.

As a sign of this gratitude, let me invite the chair of the committee for many years, Bjørn Røthe Knudtsen to come up.

It is a pleasure to present you the complete history of Norwegian fishery and aquaculture.

Undoubtedly a heavy gift, but so have your contributions been leading this committee.

And who knows, in later editions some years from now, you may find yourself and the Codex Committee on Fish and Fishery Products in the history of Norwegian fishery.

Thank you so much and thank all of you for your attention!