GCD: Finland is well prepared for large scale health threats
Finland has a high level of preparedness for large-scale health threats, such as influenza pandemic and antimicrobial resistance. However, there is also room for improvement. An international group...
GCD: International experts evaluate how prepared Finland is to respond to health threats
A group of experts will evaluate Finland’s health security in an exceptionally broad international evaluation from 27 to 31 March. Experts from the World Health Organisation WHO and other...
Scientific News 2017
Research Director's Review Scientific research reflects Evira's social function and effectiveness. Read more Introducing Satu Viljamaa-Dirks, DVM (PhD), Laboratory Manager for aquatic animal and...
Evira's fish disease research supports blue bio-economy
New techniques in fish farming, such as recirculation aquaculture systems and enriched rearing create new challenges for fish health care. The research carried out by Finnish Food Safety Authority...
Nitrite intake varies by age group
The nitrite exposure of Finnish adults is clearly below the acceptable daily intake, but there are differences between various age groups and by gender. On the other hand, the nitrite intake of small...
Importation of wild boar meat and carcasses from continental Estonia banned
Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira reminds that the importation to Finland of wild board carcasses, meat and meat products from continental Estonia is not allowed. In early February 2016, the...
Finnish welfare competence exported to European pig farms
Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira demonstrated to the European Commission in January 2016 Finnish competence in pig welfare. Unlike in almost all the other EU states, the tails of pigs are not...
New liver fluke species detected in foxes and elk in South-Eastern Finland
Disease monitoring of wild animals conducted by the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira has detected new liver flukes in foxes and elk. These new parasites in foxes are also transmissible to...
Misleading labelling of honey and fishery products
A survey carried out by the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira in summer and autumn 2015 revealed that one fifth of honey products were mislabelled. In one fishery product, the raw material was a...
MRSA also occasionally found in Finnish pork meat
Antibiotic-resistant MRSA bacteria may also occasionally be found in Finnish pork meat. The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira is about to complete a survey on the occurrence of MRSA bacteria in...
A new protozoan parasite found in a Finnish roe deer
A new protozoan has been found in a Finnish roe deer. In its investigations, the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira has confirmed that the parasite is Besnoitia. The roe deer had been shot in...
Microbe count in food can also be established by calculation
The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira has developed a model for statistical calculating the amounts of microbes in the food production chain and assessing the impact of limit values on the risk...
Fur animal feed may spread new animal diseases
Up to half of the total quantity of production animals and the products derived from them are unfit for human consumption. These animal by-products are used in fur animal feed, for example. The...
Dietary intake of heavy metals by Finnish children on the decrease
The intake of heavy metals from food sources is lower for children than for their parents at the same age. A study conducted by Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira shows, however, that for part of...
Growth of production animal farms impacting on the economy and animal disease risks
The average size of production animal farms has increased and the number of farms has decreased. This structural trend is forecast to continue in the future. Larger farms bring economic benefits by...
Deciduous trees infested by Asian long-horned beetle to be felled in Itä-Hakkila, Vantaa
Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira has ascertained that Asian long-horned beetles (Anoplophora glabripennis) have infested trees growing in Itä-Hakkila, Vantaa, some years ago. Almost...
Authorities get ready for African swine fever in disease introduction simulation exercise
The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira and Regional State Administrative Agency for Eastern Finland will practice official measures in case of African swine fever entering the country. The...
The cause of salmon kills in the River Tornionjoki still unclear
The causes of the skin lesions and death of salmon that died in the summers of 2014 and 2015 are still unclear. As the cause of the disease is unknown, control of the disease is impossible. The...
Hunting dogs should be protected against Echinococcus parasites
The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira advises owners to protect hunting dogs against infection by Echinococcus canadensis. Infections can be prevented by deworming hunting dogs both before and...
Evira Science Day, 8 October 2015
The programme of the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira's annual Evira Science Day presents the entire range of Evira's scientific research in an extensive poster exhibition and through...
Evira recommends: Don’t bring wild boar meat into Finland
The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira recommends that no wild boar meat or food products made from it should be brought into Finland from the Baltic countries or Poland. The aim is to prevent the...
Dangerous plant disease findings always require international confirmation
Several tests as well as international confirmation is required when a dangerous plant disease is found in Finland for the first time. When the bacterial disease found in a sample from a pear...
Aerial distribution of rabies vaccine baits starts on south-eastern border
Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira starts the aerial distribution of rabies vaccine baits on the south-eastern border on the 9th of September. A total of 180 000 vaccine baits for small predators...
Latest research results on veterinary pathology presented in Helsinki
Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira is one of the organisers of the international annual meeting and conference of veterinary pathologists and researchers of veterinary pathology in Helsinki.
High demand for organic wild berries
Organic wild berries, particularly bilberry, lingonberry and cloudberry, are exported from Finland in considerable volumes. The demand for organic wild berries is high, especially in Asian...
Choosing the right colour for your crop plant may provide an alternative to chemical pesticides
Selecting the right coloured variety of crop plant may become an alternative to the chemical control of pests. Colour affects plants' ability to withstand the pests that prey on them and infect...
Research seminar 12.5.2015: Iodine in food
Researcher Taija Kosonen, who works in the Chemistry and Toxicology Research Unit of Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, lectures on iodine in food. Iodine is a necessary trace element to...
Campylobacter a common cause of food poisoning
In Finland, some 4 500 cases of an intestinal infection caused by campylobacter are diagnosed every year. Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira organises an international seminar on...
Presentation of academic dissertation Taxonomy and diversity of coccal lactic acid bacteria associated with meat and the meat processing environment
The dissertation aims at investigating the complex phenomenon of spoilage, which still remains partly unexplained; it is caused by the metabolic activities and combined effects of microbes as they...
Laboratory services for food safety in a state of transition
According to a report by the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, laboratory services for food safety are mainly well organised. As a result of the amendments made in the Finnish Local Government...
Evira recommends heating raw milk
Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira's study shows that Yersinia bacteria are able to multiply at refrigeration temperatures within just a couple of days to a level, where they can cause...
National research needed to prevent disease in fish
The necessary information on the behaviour of different pathogens in Finland's conditions can only be obtained through research on fish diseases conducted in Finland. Finland's fish-health which is...
DNA research to determine food authenticity
DNA methods are increasingly used to detect food counterfeits. They can detect the animal or plant species the foodstuff consists of or originates from. The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira has...
Recirculating aquaculture systems boost fish production
The volume of Finnish fish farming has been estimated to double by the year 2020. Increases are expected in offshore aquaculture and recirculating aquaculture based on recirculation of water....
Research Seminar 27.1.2015: Masked mycotoxins: analytical aspects and occurrence in Finnish cereal grains
Alexis Nathanail, Researcher, Evira's Chemistry and Toxicology Research Unit, will lecture on the conjugated mycotoxins and their occurence in Finnish cereal grains. Mycotoxins are molds...
Russia approved Finnish imports of seed potatoes and young plants
Finland is the first EU member state to be granted an import permit for seed potatoes by Russia, covering the spring of 2015. Finland can also export nursery plants to Russia.
Public examination of doctoral dissertation: Sequence variability of virulence genes and stress responses in Yersinia pseudotuberculosis
Yersinia pseudotuberculosis has recently caused several epidemics in Finland through fresh produce. The pathogen is capable of growing at refrigeration temperatures, under modified...
Outdoor access of organic turkeys can pose risks
In the production of organic turkeys, the greatest biosecurity challenges and the highest disease risks are connected with outdoor access. Outdoor access exposes turkeys to diseases transmitted by...
Evira to start ESBL studies
Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira will start in 2015 a survey on the occurrence of antibiotic-resistant ESBL producing bacteria in beef and pork marketed at retail. The survey is part of an...
New export markets for Finnish pork
New export markets to replace Russia have been found for Finnish pork. Pork is now being exported to Georgia, and exports to Armenia are awaiting confirmation from the country’s authorities. The...
More specific information on dietary fibre
The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira is the first Nordic authority to introduce an analytical method that determines all the constituent parts of dietary fibre covered by its definition. A wider...
Public examination of doctoral dissertation: Norovirus easily picked up from surfaces
The dissertation examines the occurrence of noroviruses on various environmental surfaces and the transfer of the viruses between surfaces. Another objective of the study was to determine whether...
Use of protective gloves alone does not prevent norovirus transmission
Noroviruses can easily spread from a food worker's hands to foods that are consumed unheated. Unless sufficient hand hygiene is maintained, protective gloves may not necessarily prevent the...
Fireblight spreads to a pear plantation in Åland
A plant disease called fireblight, which is one the most harmful diseases of apple and pear trees in Europe, has been found at a pear plantation in Åland for the first time. The distribution of the...
Fertilisers from biogas plants pose only a minor risk to food safety
The end products, or digestates, of biogas plants can be used as fertilisers and soil improvers. Biogas plant end products, however, may contain hazardous organic compounds which are released into...
Evira Science Day 9.10.2014
We wish you a warm welcome to learning more about the scientific research of the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira. A fascinating and extensive poster collection, and presentations on animal...
Distribution of rabies vaccines begins along Finland's south-eastern border
The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira will begin aerial distribution of rabies bait vaccines along the south-eastern border on the 22nd of September. A total of 180,000 vaccines will be dropped...
No African swine fever detected in tame sounder of wild boar
In tests conducted by the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, no African swine fever was detected in a sounder of wild boar moving in Eastern Finland. The exceptionally tame group of wild boar,...
Evira to feature at Tietoprovinssi
Tietoprovinssi, arranged annually in Seinäjoki, is a science event showcasing Southern Ostrobothnian science and research in a popular vein.
Infectious bronchitis found in Finland again
The Finnish Food Safety Agency Evira and the University of Helsinki Faculty of Veterinary Medicine have jointly studied the emergence of infectious bronchitis (IB) in chickens in Finland. Finland...
No horse meat sold as beef found in Finland
A control project carried out in Finland in May-June 2014 resulted in no findings of food products containing horse meat not listed on the product packaging. The purpose of the project, run by the...
In spring 2014, quarantine pests and diseases were only found in greenhouse production
In inspections carried out by the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira in spring 2014, quarantine pests and diseases were only found in greenhouse production sites. Sweet potato whiteflies and virus...
Organic is still organic
We can still trust organic produce, as a mere written remark to operators was an effective control measure in organic production in 2013. The sale of a product as organic was only prohibited in...
Intake of inorganic arsenic from food requires monitoring
Arsenic is present in food in numerous different compounds. Of these, the inorganic arsenic species are the most harmful. Inorganic arsenic has been found to cause lung, skin and...
Nordic-Baltic cooperation creates basis for developing plant health diagnostic laboratories
The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira will host the 2014 forum for Nordic and Baltic plant health diagnostic laboratories in Helsinki in June. The forum will focus on identification methods for...
International plant variety experts to visit Finland in June
In June, the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira is organising a meeting in Helsinki of the Technical Working Party for Automation and Computer Programs of the International Union for the...
Apple witches’ broom disease more common than supposed
In 2013, 115 occurrences of quarantine plant pests and diseases were found in horticultural production and 23 in potato fields. In horticultural production, the number was one-third higher than...
Cases of neglect on production farms increased slightly
The treatment of production animals contravened animal welfare regulations last year a little more often than previously. Breaches were found on broiler, fur production animal and cattle...
Slight increase in animal transport inspections
In 2013, contraventions of animal transport regulations were found in one in five commercial animal transports. The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira says that more than half of the shortcomings...
Municipalities find it easier to recruit veterinarians
Municipalities are finding it easier to recruit veterinarians than in recent years. Municipal veterinary service reports reveal that veterinary vacancies have been filled and that substitutes have...
Thousands of animal welfare inspections based on suspected cases of abuse
In 2013, animal welfare authorities performed nearly five thousand inspections of premises based on suspicions about the treatment of production animals and pets. The Finnish Food Safety Authority...
Country of origin of strawberries and new potatoes must be indicated
Wholesalers, distributors and retailers must always indicate the country of origin for strawberries and new potatoes. The regulation also covers market traders. Particularly at the start of the...
Don’t bring young apple and pear trees from Estonia
Planting material brought from Estonia by amateur gardeners can spread the harmful fireblight plant disease to Finland. Certain fruit trees and ornamental shrubs may only be brought into Finland if...
Honeybee mortality in Europe less common than expected
Honeybee colony losses give no cause for alarm in Europe. Variation across regions and countries, however, is great, and in certain countries mortality is remarkably high. According to a...
Topical Issues in Risk Assessment - seminar 16.5.2014
This seminar will present animal disease, plant health and food risk assessment results.
Research seminar 6.5.2014: Fatty acid composition of various vegetable fat products and quality of low-fat cheeses
PhD Tiina Ritvanen will lecture on the fatty acid composition of various vegetable oil products and the quality of low-fat cheeses. The primary role of fat in any diet is to serve as a source of...
Evira decreaces bacteriological diagnostic services for small animals
At the beginning of May 2014, the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira will not any more perform diagnostic testing of bacteriological samples from pets. Testing for Borrelia,...
Research Seminar 1.4.2014: Fish rhabdoviruses are a major cause of disease in Finland
DVM Tuija Gadd lectures on the fish rhabdovirus, which are major pathogens of the Finnish fish. Many rhabdoviruses are pathogens that can infect humans, animals and plants. Such viruses have an...
Evira's fish disease research forms basis for monitoring fish welfare
Fish research performed by the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira focuses on the analysis of laboratory samples and the study of fish diseases. Evira is responsible for the monitoring of fish...
Nematodes that may infect humans are very rare in sea fish in fishing waters off the Finnish coast
Fish used for raw or almost raw products must be frozen in order to eliminate nematodes infectious to humans. Since no such worms have been detected in Baltic herring and sprat used by the food...
Check the authenticity of organic products with the search service
On its website, the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira has opened a search service on operators who are marketing organic products. It is now possible for consumers to check from the labelling and...
Export of seed potatoes from Finland to Russia launched
Russia has approved the import of seed potatoes from Finland. Import to Russia of potatoes and plant propagation materials originating in the EU has been prohibited since the beginning of July...
Livestock production undergoing rapid structural change
A structural change in livestock production is affecting production costs and competitiveness. This also has an impact on the spread of contagious animal diseases and the related costs. The Finnish...
A new method for determination of vitamin D3 in milk
The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira has developed a new method for the determination of vitamin D3 in milk. The new method, which will be introduced to Evira's analysis process, simplifies...
High yields of feed grains in 2013
The 2013 harvest yielded a large volume of high-quality Finnish feed grain. The quality of the harvest was weakened by shriveled oat grains and mycotoxins (DON), as well as low hectolitre weights...
Export to Russia of products containing pork resumes
The European Commission and Russian authorities have reached an agreement on resuming the export of meat products containing pork to Russia. According to the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira,...
African swine fever in Lithuania causing import restrictions
According to information from Lithuanian veterinary authorities, two wild boars in Alytus and Vilnius counties in south-eastern Lithuania were found to have African swine fever (ASF). The European...
Muscle parasite of waterfowl is rare in Finland
Observations indicate that sarcocystosis (infection caused by the muscle parasite Sarcocystis) is rare in our waterfowl, although there are some regional variations. In autumn 2013, the...
Intestinal helminth parasites have various effects on Finnish forest grouse
The grouse species in Finnish forests - the capercaillie, black grouse, and hazel grouse - are hosts to several intestinal helminth parasite species. Helminth parasites are found commonly in the...
Collection of small carnivores for monitoring rabies in 2013 was successful
The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira collects the carcasses of small carnivores every year in order to monitor the status of rabies and the rabies vaccine bait campaign. The collection in...
Export of pork and live pigs to Russia suspended because of African swine fever case in Lithuania
The export of pork and live pigs from the EU to Russia has been suspended. As the reason for this, the Russian authorities have referred to a case of African swine fever found in two wild boars in...
Salmonella occurrence can be evaluated using statistical models
The occurrence and risks of salmonella in, for example, egg production can be evaluated with the aid of mathematical models. Advances in both these models and the analyses that utilise them...
An insect-borne parasitic disease found in a dog in Finland for the first time
For the first time in Finland, an infection with the insect-borne Onchocerca parasite has been found in a dog. The necropsy carried out by the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira revealed a chronic...
Quality assessment of the dairy disease register
In Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, disease information is collected and stored at the individual cow level in National Dairy Disease Registers (NDDRs). Because these registers are monitored...
Research Seminar 28.1.2014: Dioxins as environmental toxins and tools to understand toxicity mechanisms
Jere Lindén, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, explains the current significance of dioxins as environmental toxins. Since they cause foetal damage and are lethal to laboratory animals even in small...
Public examination of a dissertation on Nordic health registers for dairy cows
The dissertation investigated the quality of data collected and stored in the national dairy disease registers (NDDRs) of Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. The recorded information is used, for...
Bluetongue antibodies found in Finnish bovine
Antibodies against bluetongue virus have been found in a single bovine on a beef stock farm in South-West Finland. Symptoms of the disease have not occurred on the farm. The Finnish Food Safety...
Occasional excess of nitrite from foods
In a study conducted by the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, it was found that in Finland the nitrite intake from foods and household water exceeded the acceptable daily intake for about 14% of...
Moderation in consumption of cold cuts and sausages by children
The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, the National Institute for Health and Welfare and the National Nutrition Council recommend that children under the age of 1 should not eat cold cuts or...
Research seminar 10.12.2013: <i>Listeria monocytogenes</i> in the food chain – prevalence and means of survival of the bacteria
Listeria monocytogenes is a food-borne pathogen. The incidence rate of listeriosis is higher in Finland than on average in Europe. In the years 2010 - 2012, the annual number of cases has...
Good quality domestic grain harvest in 2013
The oats harvest in 2013 was the biggest in a decade, but shrivelled grains and mycotoxins impaired its quality. The total yield of winter grains remained low, due to the wet conditions in the...
Farmers do not need to submit notifications of biological control agents and pollinators to Evira
Since the beginning of 2013, Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira has been supervising the import, marketing and use of macro-organisms, i.e. insects, spiders and nematodes, used for biological...
Exposure of Finnish people to nitrate and nitrite
In recent years, nitrate and nitrite debate has been going on in several forums. The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira has completed a risk assessment report that offers up-to-date information on...
Stronger flavour preferred to light cheese varieties
It is possible that consumers would find light cheese varieties more palatable if their aroma and flavour were stronger. The characteristics that influence the palatability of cheese are different...
Public examination of dissertation on ripened cheeses and the effects of fat modifications on sensory characteristics and fatty acids
The dissertation focuses on studying the appealing characteristics of light cheeses. The study results will contribute to the product development of appealing light cheeses. The investigation of...
Minimal risk for catching rabies from a bat in Finland
Bats can infect people with rabies. However, rabies infections in humans are extremely rarely caused by bats. In Finland, the risk of catching bat rabies is very low, particularly if there is no...
Humans can be infected with <i> Echinococcus</i> parasites through direct contact with dogs used for hunting
Infections can be prevented through careful destruction of offal at hunting sites when slaughtering moose.
Public examination of dissertation on fish rhabdoviruses
The fish rhabdoviruses viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus (VHSV) and perch rhabdovirus (PRV) have been encountered in Finland. VHSV has caused considerable fish mortality and, consequently,...
Science Day by Evira 9 October 2013
Welcome to listen to interesting presentations about the health and welfare of animals as well as food safety. The Science Day also offers an opportunity to visit an extensive exhibition of posters...
A channel opening up for export of Finnish meat products to China
The exportation of Finnish meat products to China was promoted successfully in discussions conducted in Beijing. Chinese authorities promised the Finnish delegation that the process related to the...