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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE USE
5th July 2004

FISHY BUSINESS AT GLENEAGLES HOTEL

Gleneagles Hotel, venue for next year’s G8 Summit and the 2014 Ryder Cup, is the latest restaurant to be targeted in the Salmon Farm Protest Group’s (SFPG) “What’s on the menu” campaign (1). By European law supermarkets must label whether the salmon they sell is wild of farmed, but restaurants fall outwith this legislation. Hence the SFPG is urging restaurant customers to ask before ordering: “Is the salmon wild or is it farmed?”

Bruce Sandison, Chairman of the Salmon Farm Protest Group, challenged Gleneagles to come clean on whether they were serving diners wild or farmed salmon:

“Gleneagles Hotel says that it is proud of its “international reputation for the excellence of the dishes prepared in the hotel’s kitchens, which benefit from the finest, freshest produce available from Scotland’s larder”. They claim to spend £5 million each year on “the freshest Scottish produce” including “Tay salmon”. Guests might assume, therefore, that the hotel’s salmon are wild fish caught from the River Tay. If they are, the hotel is breaking the law: it is a criminal offence to sell or buy Scottish rod and line caught salmon.

“The hotel’s restaurant menus do not enlighten diners about the provenance of the fish on their plates. The Strathearn Restaurant offers ‘Smoked Scottish salmon’ for breakfast and ‘Strathearn smoked Scottish salmon’ for dinner. The Dormy Restaurant serves ‘hot smoked salmon, mixed with leaves’ and ‘baked salmon rarebit fillet with bacon’. No mention of where the salmon comes from. It could be wild, or it could be from a factory salmon farm. How are guests supposed to make an informed choice?

“Why is the hotel so coy about properly identifying whether or not the salmon it dishes up to diners is either wild or farmed? Will Gleneagles Hotel be serving George Bush, Tony Blair and other world leaders fake salmon from fish farms at next year’s G8 Summit? Will the fish contain artificial colourings, DDT, dioxins, PCBs or toxic chemicals such as malachite green?

Customers have the right to know whether the salmon they are eating are wild or farmed. Consumers, be they in a restaurant, supermarket or in the fishmongers have at least ‘Ten Reasons to Boycott Farmed Scottish Salmon’ (2). Scottish farmed salmon are alleged to be the most contaminated in the world and nothing to be proud of (3).”

Further information from Don Staniford on 07880 716082

The Salmon Farm Monitor: http://www.salmonfarmmonitor.org

The Salmon Farm Protest Group, Hysbackie, Tongue, by Lairg, Sutherland 1V27 4XJ, Scotland
Tel: 01847 611274; Fax: 01847 611262; email bruce@hysbackie.freeserve.co.uk
A company registered in Scotland, No.240223

Notes to Editors:

(1) “What’s on the menu?” ifltp://www,salmonfarmmonitor.org/pr040304.shtml

(2) “Ten Reasons to Boycott Farmed Scottish Salmon”: http://www.salmonfarmmonitor.org/pr201203notes.shtml

(3) “Science: Scottish farmed salmon the most contaminated in the world”: httpi/w.salmonfarmmonitor.org/pr080104.shtml