Russian trade authorities are now threatening to block all Norwegian salmon to the country, if Norwegian food authorities do not impose tighter control of farmed salmon, writes TV2.
In a press conference on Saturday, the representatives of the Russian food safety authority said that Norwegian salmon does not meet the requirements of Russia after inspections on some farms.They also claimed that they have found parasites and bacteria in some products.
The inspections are part of the ongoing dispute between Norway and Russia on farmed salmon. The Russians have long expressed dissatisfaction for the standards and procedures applicable to the control of the quality of Norwegian salmon.
The Russian authorities also expressed that if the FSA can not convince them, they will block all imports of Norwegian salmon into the country, which can have serious consequences. In 2012, Norway exported 150,000 tonnes of salmon to Russia, and the country is an important market for Norwegian salmon exports.
Salmon dispute between Norway and Russia have lasted for several years, and it is not the first time Russia has threatened to impose restrictions on imports of Norwegian salmon. There are several Norwegian companies which are banned to export to Russia.