Norwegian Researchers Defend Farmed Salmon, Russians are on Alert

The discussion about Norwegian farmed salmon continues unabated after Norwegian daily VG published the controversial statements by several doctors, professors and health experts warning children, adolescents and pregnant women not to eat farmed salmon because of pollutants.

Fisheries Minister Elisabeth Berg-Hansen , Health Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, Norwegian Food Safety Authority and a number of other official bodies, on the other hand, have all said that the Norwegian farmed salmon is both safe and healthy. Professor of Community Medicine, Jon Øyvind Odland also supported the officials by stating that most people can eat farmed fish with a clear conscience. 

Yet Russian veterinary authorities do not agree and once again come to halt imports of Norwegian salmon. 

– There are serious problems in terms of the Norwegian salmon imports, says Alexei Aleksejenko, Chief of the Russian veterinary authorities, Rosselkhoznadzor. 

He said they have been in negotiations with the Norwegian authorities and are now awaiting a proposal from the FSA about how this can be solved. 

– This is serious and we must find a solution, he said to VG. Major challenges Rosselkhoznadzor thus has no confidence in the Norwegian self control conducted by the exporters. They expect that every batch is checked by inspectors from the Food Safety Authority. 

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