Welcome to FIS   Sponsored By
United States
Subscribe to FIS | Register with FIS | Advertise with FIS | Newsletter | About FIS | Contact us
   


Senator Pedro Muñoz asked to avoid risks and have conclusive scientific evidence. (Photo: YouTube, CongresoChile/BCN)

Call for ban on sale of salmon infected with ISA virus

Click on the flag for more information about Chile CHILE
Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 16:10 (GMT + 9)

Lawmakers and environmentalists are demanding that the Chilean Health Ministry (Minsal) prohibit the marketing of more than 100 tonnes of salmon for human consumption, which is infected with the infectious salmon anemia (ISA) virus.

The petition was filed by Senators of Magallane, Pedro Munoz, Guido Girardi and Alejandro Navarro, the council of Punta Arenas, Mario Pascual, and organizations like the Centro Ecocéanos, the Latin American Observatory for Environmental Conflicts (OLCA), Citizens Defense League for the Consumer and International Consumers.

A few weeks ago, the National Fisheries Service (Sernapesca) reported that it had detected an outbreak of ISA in facilities belonging to the Acuimag company, located in the Magallanes region.

In total, some 230 tonnes of salmon were infected by the virus, of which only 50 were destroyed. The remaining 180 tonnes are being processed for human consumption in the plant of Pesquera Edén.

The director of Centro Ecocéanos, Juan Carlos Cardenas, beleives that "it is urgent that policy actions and the system for sanitary control of the industry are strengthened to ensure the safety of the industry's aquaculture production."

While both the Ministry of Health and Sernapesca say the virus does not cause problems for humans, but rather a high mortality rate for fish, the Ecocéanos specialist warned that the virus comes from the same family that produces the human flu and therefore has a great capacity for mutation and adaptation to new hosts."

For his part, Senator Muñoz stressed that "while there is no conclusive scientific evidence of their safety for human health, health authorities should avoid any risk to the community."

That is why the Ministry "should immediately ban the sale and consumption of infected farmed fish from this industry," said Cardenas.

Meanwhile, Omar Pérez Santiago, Secretary General of the Citizens Defense League, said the National Consumer Service (Sernac) is required to inform the public about the presence of the virus in salmon.

Senators criticized the actions of the authorities in Magallanes due to the appearance of the virus. The main charge is in "the lack of inspection to enforce environmental standards," complained Pascual.

According to the senator, although the company had permission to produce about 200 tonnes of fish, when detecting the outbreak of ISA it was found that production had actually reached 600 tonnes.

For its part, the regional government last week formed a contingency table to coordinate the processes and environmental and health measures to be taken in case of detecting a new outbreak.

With respect to suitable premises for the disposal of large quantities of infected fish, one of the first measures announced was the creation of short-term health ditches and the installation of a new sanitary landfill, to avoid falling back on municipal landfills.

Related articles:

- Company begins to process 180 tonnes of salmon with ISA virus
-
ISA virus detected in Magallanes


By Silvina Corniola
editorial@fis.com
www.fis.com

 


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
Canada
Oct 21, 07:10 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Neptune and BlueOcean Sign Licensing Agreement
Iceland
Oct 21, 07:10 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Competition Authority Sues Transport Companies
China
Oct 21, 07:10 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Haikui Seafood subsidiary signs relocation agreement with Dongshan authorities
Worldwide
Oct 21, 04:30 (GMT + 9):
Antarctic ecosystem protection hindered by nations’ tensions
Spain
Oct 21, 03:50 (GMT + 9):
Agreement between Moroccan and Spanish fishermen to fish in Gibraltar
Australia
Oct 21, 03:10 (GMT + 9):
New levy proposed to combat oyster disease
East Timor
Oct 21, 02:40 (GMT + 9):
International help to boost aquaculture development
Mexico
Oct 21, 01:50 (GMT + 9):
Baja California chamber rejects sardine fishing draft bill
Netherlands
Oct 21, 01:10 (GMT + 9):
SHV offers EUR 2.7 billion for Nutreco
United States
Oct 20, 23:50 (GMT + 9):
DiCaprio Foundation donates USD 2 million to combat overfishing, ocean conservation
Chile
Oct 20, 23:30 (GMT + 9):
PescaChile would be taken over by Friosur for USD 45 million
Canada
Oct 20, 22:40 (GMT + 9):
Large scale commercial fisheries restricted in Beaufort Sea
Spain
Oct 20, 22:10 (GMT + 9):
Spanish crew sanctioned for illegal foreign fishing vessel
Norway
Oct 20, 21:50 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - MHG - Presentation of the Q3 2014 results 22 October at 08:00 (CET)
Netherlands
Oct 20, 21:40 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - SHV and Nutreco announce a recommended cash offer of EUR 40 per share for all shares of Nutreco



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
Seafood labelling campaign raises controversial views
Australia Several conservationists, scientists, fishermen and fish-lovers have teamed up to urge Australian authorities to follow the EU on seafood labelling laws whereas certain caterers and importers question the move.
DiCaprio Foundation donates USD 2 million to combat overfishing, ocean conservation
United States The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation provided USD 2 million to Oceans 5, an international funders’ collaborative dedicated to stopping overfishing and establishing marine reserves in the world’s five oceans.
First federal offshore mussel aquaculture project to get underway
United States The first shellfish aquaculture project permitted in federal waters off the US east coast is expected to begin operating next spring.
Conservationists condemn Malta’s request to raise bluefin tuna quota
Malta Malta's government’s intention to be granted bluefin tuna quota increase has not been welcomed by conservation organization WWF and by the coalition of Maltese NGOs Fish4tomorrow.
 
Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation -Headquarter-
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation -Wartsila Group Headquarter-
ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Pescanova, S.A. - Group Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd.
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Limited
Blue Continent Products (Pty) Ltd - (Oceana Group Limited)
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods Inc. -Headquarter-
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel ehf - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
Food Project (Siam) Co., Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO -Food and Agriculture Organization- Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Omega Protein Corporation -Headquarter-
Grupo Calvo - Luis Calvo Sanz, S.A. (Group Headquarter)
Marona S.A.
Marine Harvest ASA - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. -Headquarter-
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
Mitsubishi Corporation Marine Products Depts. D.Team
CJ Corporation  -Holding Headquarter-
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
Ocean Trawlers Group - Ocean Trawlers HK Ltd.
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation -Headquarter-
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart / Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) -Headquarter-
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
INVE Group - Head Office
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
Morpol ASA - Group Headquarters
SeaChoice
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2014 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER