The Salmon Farm Monitor
An rud bhios na do bhròin, cha bhi e na do thiomhnadh
That which you have wasted will not be there for future generations


PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE USE 2nd December 2003

"INSANITARY" AND "FILTHY" FARMED SALMON
United States refuses imports of Irish and Scottish salmon

Over the last year the US FDA has refused to allow the import of over 260 farmed salmon products from Ireland, Scotland, Norway, and Chile. Reasons for the issuing of Import Refusal Reports include "Insanitary" (226 cases), "Listeria" (23), "Filthy" (9) and "Mislabelling" (4).

Findings include:

Irish salmon was by far the most "insanitary" representing 210 out of 226 cases

Salmon from the United Kingdom was the most likely to be contaminated with listeria accounting for 15 out of the 23 cases (65%)

"Filthy" salmon was refused from Ireland (4 cases), UK (3), Chile (1) and Norway (1)

Nolans Seafoods, Tipperary Fine Foods Ltd, Wrights of Howth, Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd, Lossie Seafoods Ltd, Chiefdale and Pinneys Of Scotland Ltd were the worst offenders

The FDA's define the offences in their 'violation codes' as follows:

'Filthy': "The article appears to consist in whole or in part of a filthy, putrid, or decomposed substance or be otherwise unfit for food"

'Insanitary': "The article appears to have been prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby it may have become contaminated with filth, or whereby it may have been rendered injurious to health"

'Listeria': "The article appears to contain Listeria, a poisonous and deleterious substance which may render it injurious to health"

Don Staniford, MD of the Salmon Farm Protest Group, said:

"The US FDA has discovered what many of us have known all along - that there are farmed salmon products from Ireland, Scotland, Norway and Chile that might be a health hazard and 'unfit for food'. The refusal of the FDA to allow some imports of farmed salmon from Scotland into the USA is a particularly devastating blow for an industry that accounts for 40% of total Scottish food exports and is still reeling from a threat by the EU to ban Scottish salmon contaminated with malachite green.

"If the US is refusing to allow some Irish and Scottish salmon into the country, then why should consumers be duped into buying what could possibly be, on the evidence from the US, 'filthy' and 'insanitary'? Scotland and Ireland's hard-won reputations as purveyors of high quality foods are being internationally degraded by the export of smoked salmon that is unfit for human consumption"

For further information contact Don Staniford on Tel: 07880 716082
(00 44 7880 716082 from outside UK)
See also: www.salmonfarmmonitor.org

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