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Americans devour Norwegian salmon. US fish-eaters seem to have shrugged off recent warnings about allegedly toxic Norwegian salmon. Since France 3’s programme about potentially poisonous pesticides against sea lice was aired almost two months ago, there’s been vigorous campaigning by Norwegian authorities about industry transparency. Norwegian fishing industry representatives also say they’re committed to quality-assurance. Børge Grønbech of the Norwegian Seafood Council reassures the international community that the Norwegian salmon is safe for consumption.

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Americans devour Norwegian salmon

Published on Tuesday, 17th August, 2010 at 11:15 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 17th August 2010 at 17:19.

US fish-eaters seem to have shrugged off recent warnings about allegedly toxic Norwegian salmon.

Norwegian salmon farm, Osterøy
Norwegian salmon farm, Osterøy
Photo: jkb/Wikimedia Commons


No cuts

Since France 3’s programme about potentially poisonous pesticides against sea lice was aired almost two months ago, there’s been vigorous campaigning by Norwegian authorities about industry transparency.

Norwegian fishing industry representatives also say they’re committed to quality-assurance. Børge Grønbech of the Norwegian Seafood Council reassures the international community that the Norwegian salmon is safe for consumption.

"We stay constantly and vigilantly focused on quality and food safety,” he tells Fish Farmer magazine.

Christian Chramer, the council's communications director, tells The Foreigner the last two years has seen an increase in the total value of exports to the US has of over one billion kroner.

But it hasn't always been historically lucrative.

"The US market was really big in the '80s and 90's, but stagnated when Chile started its own fish farming. Customs penalties of 26 percent between Norway and America  also took their toll. However, growth for this year is already up 97 percent on 2009 levels," he says.

Regional cuts

The increased demand for Norwegian fish is also partly due to regional problems affecting American seafood suppliers.

Chile’s salmon numbers have sunk to the bottom. Exports have been badly hit after stocks were decimated by the infectious salmon anemia virus about 18 months ago.

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has also had repercussions, as Mexican authorities have banned fishing in the area.

Choice cuts

The Flying Culinary Circus, a group of four Norwegian chefs working in the US, say they always use Norwegian imported seafood because of their quality.

“Norway has the coldest, clearest water in the world. [Norwegians] have learned how to take care of the coast and level of seafood,” says the Flying Culinary Circus’ Trond Svendgård.




Published on Tuesday, 17th August, 2010 at 11:15 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 17th August 2010 at 17:19.

This post has the following tags: norwegian, farmed, salmon, exports, us, chile, gulf, mexico, seafood, council, flying, culinary, circus, trond, svendgaard.





  
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