Last year, 7,730 tonnes of pork were imported – three times as much as in 2019.
The total import of meat from pigs, cattle, sheep, and chicken amounted to 25,360 tonnes last year.
That is an increase of almost 11,000 tonnes, or 76%, from the previous year, newspaper Nationen, which asked the Norwegian Directorate of Agriculture to collect figures from Statistics Norway (SSB), reports.
That means that every Norwegian ate, on average, almost five kilos of imported meat last year.
Pork registered the largest increase. A total of 7,730 tonnes of pork were imported last year. That is the highest recorded import on the statistics, which date back to the turn of the millennium.
“This is a result of the corona pandemic,” director Ole Nikolai Skulberg at Nortura total market said. Nortura is the market regulator for meat.
Much of the growth in pork imports is due to increased rib imports.
According to the Norwegian Directorate of Agriculture, in October, November, and December, 1,760 tonnes of ribs were imported. That is the highest recorded import in the statistics.
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