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Focus on sustainable development

Nordic indicators 2006

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The purpose of this Nordic set of indicators is to inform the public and political decision makers whether the Nordic countries and selfgoverning areas are heading in the right direction towards sustainable development or not, both in general and in specific areas. The indicators also point out if there is a need to promote the development towards a more sustainable direction. The chosen indicators are monitoring the Nordic implementation of the goals and initiatives for 20052008, as they are set up in the revised Nordic Strategy “Sustainable development New bearings for the Nordic countries”. The set of indicators contains a number of overall keyindicators as well as indicators relevant to the specific sectors or crosscutting areas pointed out in the revised strategy. New areas in the revised strategy are the social dimension as well as sustainable production and consumption. The Nordic Council of Ministers has published Nordic sets of indicators in 2002 and 2003.

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Food safety and health

Consumers should be offered safe food, information and the opportunity to put together a healthy diet. This requires sufficient and comprehensible labelling of food products. The content of environmental contaminants and micro-organisms in food products should primarily be reduced through limiting pollution at the source, i.e. either at the polluter or in primary production and in the processing industry. Producers and importers have a responsibility to ensure that food is in good condition and does not comprise a health risk when handled properly. The public authorities are responsible for inspection, and ensure openness and transparency in risk management (set rules and control) and assess risk.

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