Extensive droughts in Norway have led the country to turn to Iceland for much-needed hay, RÚV reports. As a result, the Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) is scrambling to provide the required information to their Norwegian counterpart.
The Norwegian Food Safety Authority imposes certain requirements on the Icelandic hay imports, among other things to prevent the spread of animal diseases. MAST must certify all the hay before it is exported. Managing Director Þorvaldur H. Þórðarson says the process has been a challenge as many of the organisation’s staff are on summer vacation.
Icelandic hay has previously been exported to Holland, Belgium, and the Faroe Islands.