The Veterinary and Food Administration units

Get to know what our different units work with.

Head Office

As of 1 April 2023, the Executive Board consists of:  

Director General​: Nikolaj Veje

Chief Control Officer: Thomas Anderskov

Chief Finance Officer: Sarah Børner

Deputy Director General: Tejs Binderup

Chief Veterinary Officer: Charlotte Vilstrup Castle

Head of Division: Anna Langskov Lorentzen

Professional Secretary: Maj-Britt Randskov

Professional Secretary: Mette Pedersen

Professional Secretary: Mette Mortensen

This division is responsible for:

  • Appropriations, allocations, budget and accounts.
  • Overall activity and finance management, as well as reporting.
  • Bookkeeping.

Head of Division: Henrik Kundby

This division is responsible for:

  • Documentation from mink breeders.
  • Payout control.

Head of Division: Merete Roos

The division is responsible for:

  • Animal health and veterinary preparedness.
  • Animal disease surveillance.
  • Trade of live animals (intercommunity trade).
  • Animal by-products.
  • Export of live animals and animal products.
  • Import of live animals and animal products.
  • Veterinary epidemiology and health management.

Head of Division: Camilla Brasch Andersen 

The division is responsible for:

  • Animal welfare.
  • Zootechnique.
  • Veterinary medicine.
  • Authorization of veterinarians.
  • Veterinary epidemiology and health management.

Head of Division: Christian Strøyer

The division is responsible for:

  • Data processing
  • Collection of data from control and the regions

Head of Division: Kenny Larsen

This division is responsible for:

  • Strategies and action plans to combat pathogens such as campylobacter in foodstuffs and salmonella and salmonellosis in foodstuffs and livestock.
  • Microbiological contamination.
  • Tracing the route of infection in the event of food-borne illnesses.
  • Hygiene, fitting up and operation of food companies.
  • Hygiene training.
  • Authorization and registration of food companies.
  • BSE/TSE (food safety).
  • Zoonoses Register.
  • Monitoring zoonoses in general (food-borne).

Head of Division: Bente Holst​

This division is responsible for:  

  • Organic food products.
  • Product standards, trade norms and market schemes. 
  • Genetic engineering and other novel foods.
  • Irradiation of foodstuffs.
  • Additives in foodstuffs, including aromatics and enzymes.
  • Marketing of foodstuffs, including misleading information.
  • Labelling of food products.
  • Specific labelling schemes, including schemes regarding beef, geographic designations, designations of origin and specificities.
  • Chemical contaminants e.g. dioxin, acrylamide, pesticides.
  • Food contact materials.
  • Cleaning and disinfection agents.

Head of Division: Henrik Dammand Nielsen

This division is responsible for:

  • Promotion of good dietary habits among children and adults.
  • Prevention of obesity among children and adults (in cooperation with the National Board of Health).
  • Provision of information to segments of the population with special nutritional needs.
  • Enriched foodstuffs.
  • Dietary supplements.
  • Special nutrition.
  • Nutritional assertions and health-related assertions.
  • Nutrition information declarations.

Head of Division: Anne Pøhl Enevoldsen

This division is responsible for:

  • Control principles and strategies.
  • Veterinary and food inspection in general, including the development of tools for the regional units to ensure uniform quality in their performance ​of the inspection effort.
  • Instructing the regional veterinary and food inspection units in general inspection matters.
  • Supervision of the regional veterinary and food inspection units.
  • Case follow-up in relation to the inspection performed by the regional veterinary and food inspection units.
  • Internal control.
  • Coordination of regional laboratories and central coordination of laboratory projects.
  • Traceability.
  • Publication of inspection results.
  • Collecting and processing data from the inspection and the regional veterinary and food centers.
  • Coordination of legal advisory services for the Veterinary and Food Administration including legis​lative technique service
  • Coordination and preparation of the annual Legislation Program.
  • Coordination of input for cases before the European Court of Justice.
  • Administrative Law including i.e. the Public Administration Act, the Open Administration Act and the Personal Data Act.
  • Public Tender and Contractual Law.
  • Legal assistance for the Veterinary Health Council.

Head of Division: Vibeke Højbjerg (Control)

Head of Division: Birthe Schubart Haabegaard (Legal Services)

This division is responsible for:

  • Control of trade.
  • IUU.
  • Import and export of live animals, foodstuffs and non-food products.
  • Travelling with pet animals.
  • Border inspection.
  • Export certificates.

Head of Division: Lilian Noer

This division is responsible for:

  • General contact point for international relations.
  • Coordination of files to the Minister on international affairs.
  • Coordination of files to the Ministry department and the minister for national EU-procedures (Council, CVO , SCoFCAH etc.) and international organizations in general, such as Nordic Cooperation, Codex Alimentarius, OIE, FAO, WHO etc.
  • Coordination of the Ministers participation in export promotion activities, etc.
  • Input for cases before the European Court of Justice.
  • Assistance for third countries concerning development of food and veterinary safety (SSC)
  • International affairs in general - support and coordination.
  • Internal Audit. 
  • Implementation of the danish government's new ingredients strategy. 

Head of Division: Troels Vensild

Professional Secretary: Didde Kaustrup Andersen

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration gives secretariat assistance to the Veterinary Health Council.

Professional Secretary: Lissi Vestergaard Karlsen, Veterinarian

This division is responsible for:

  • Human resources development.
  • Personnel administration.
  • Organizational development.
  • Administration of supplementary training offers and competency development.
  • Secretariat for the Joint Liason Committees and the Joint Health and Safety Committees.

Head of Division: Susanne Juul Jarlov

This division is responsible for:

  • Customer service.
  • Corporate communication.
  • Procurement.
  • Development and administration of properties and localities.
  • Soft Facility Management (outsourced to ISS)
  • Payments of invoices and travel administration.

Head of Division: Kim Hastrup

This division is responsible for:

  • IT management and organization.
  • Corporate IT in the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of Denmark.
  • IT strategy and policy.
  • Project management.
  • IT security management.
  • IT service delivery and support.
  • IT operations.

Head of Division: Pernille Sølje Weiglin 

Meat Inspection Unit

The Meat Inspection Unit monitors food law compliance during animal slaughtering process; meat cutting and meat processing in slaughterhouses; export of beef, pork and poultry from Denmark.

The Danish meat inspection system is recognised worldwide, and the Danish meat industry exports products to approximately 140 countries.

The Meat Inspection Unit is situated in Aarhus in the eastern part of Jutland.

The management consists of:

Mr. Johan Kjølhede Overgaard, Chief Meat Inspection Officer
Mr. Finn L. Hansen, Head of Division

Three Meat Control Officers:

Mrs. Anni Pedersen
Mr. Niels Marling
Mr. Olaf Bennetzen
Mr. Jens Yde Dissing

Food and Veterinary Inspection

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) has four food inspection units. These units are in charge of food inspections from raw materials to finished products.​

Inspections at food establishments include checks of internal control schemes, hygiene and labelling.

The Food Inspection Units are responsible f​or:

  • Inspections at restaurants, supermarkets and other food establishments according to the Danish smiley scheme
  • Registration, approval and licensing of food establishments
  • Border control of imports and exports of live animals, foods and non-food products of animal origin
  • Sampling for laboratory analysis
  • Follow-up on violations established
  • Issuance of certificates, e.g. in connection with exports, and sealing of trucks
  • Provision of nutritional information by the flying squad set up under the ‘All About Diet’ project

​The DVFA has three veterinary inspection units.

The Veterinary Inspection Units are in charge of inspecting farmed animals, and they develop and maintain emergency measures against infectious livestock diseases and combat such diseases that may break out.

The inspections of farmed animals include:

  • ​​Inspection of animal welfare, use of medicinal products and
  • Transport conditions

The Veterinary Inspection Units are responsible for:

  • Registration, approval and licensing of livestock, transporters and enterprises producing non-food products of animal origin
  • Inspections of livestock, assembly centres and transports of livestock, non-food enterprises and inspections of labelling and traceability of live animals
  • Sampling for analytical testing
  • Follow-up on violations established
  • Casework relating to registration, labelling and traceability of live animals
  • Issuance of certificates, e.g. in connection with exports and sealing of consignments
  • Surveillance tasks, contingency plans and exercises
  • Managing of suspicions and control of livestock diseases

This flying squad works together with the Food Inspection Units to check the accounts and documents of enterprises.

It may take action, if illegal enterprises or unlawful slaughter practices have been reported.

The flying squad performs tasks all over Denmark.

This task force is to carry out verification inspections, animal welfare inspections of livestock and inspections of assembly centres, transports of livestock and the use of veterinary medicinal products.

The task force performs tasks all over Denmark.

The laboratory performs both microbiological and chemical analyses. 

The laboratory is responsible for: 

  • Nationally coordinated monitoring, mapping and control programmes, e.g. relating to salmonella in meat
  • Regionally managed inspection samples
  • Market-driven activities: samples and tests requested by private enterprises
  • Import sampling