Title: A comparative study on compliance, hygiene, and adequate official control, in assuring food safety of fish and fisheries products between Iceland and Cameroon

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Supervisors: Margeir Gissurarson


The fisheries sector plays an important role in Cameroon both from the economic and food security point of view as it provides affordable animal protein for a large majority of the population. Cameroon has in the past been exporting fish products to the EU, but recently received a ban from the import of such products into EU markets on grounds of poor hygiene and inadequate official control on products destined for the export market. This ban has had huge economic implications more especially in terms of trade deficit. This study attempts to look into ways of resuming trade export of fisheries products by examining the case of Iceland that has a long history of trade with EU as an example for setting up a control system that fulfils EU requirements. The finding of this study shows that Iceland has advanced and organised regulatory and institutional arrangements, which ease the control process and promote transparency. On the other hand, the Cameroon regulatory framework though lacking in certain areas, needs to be improved while the institutional arrangement must be reviewed in order to promote a more responsible, motivated and transparent control system.

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