OSLO, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Only five samples of imported food in Norway showed illegal genetically modified organism (GMO) last year, local online newspaper ABC News reported Monday.
The samples were taken by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority and the rest 57 food samples and 80 animal feed samples showed no traces of GMO, the report said.
"The results confirm that the presence of illegal GMO in Norway is still low. The figures do not differ significantly from previous years' surveys," said Inga Torp Nielsen, Program Coordinator of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority.
It is illegal to promote food produced on the GMO basis in Norway without the approval of the Food Safety Authority. No such approvals were issued yet, the report said.
The five samples that contained GMO materials were withdrawn from Norwegian market. They were in soya flatbread from the United States, vegetarian burgers from Malaysia, dried soya beans from Thailand and small rodent feed from the Netherlands.