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Norway-Portugal fish deal at risk. A disagreement over using phosphate in salt fish production could destabilise long-standing trading relations between Norway and Portugal, reports say. Portugal has bought fish from Norway for over 500 years, but this partnership may change following a request to the European Commission for permission to use phosphate in fish production. Using phosphate makes the fish whiter, but at the same time makes it more difficult to dry, which poses a problem for Portuguese industry.

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Norway-Portugal fish deal at risk

Published on Thursday, 16th February, 2012 at 18:01 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

A disagreement over using phosphate in salt fish production could destabilise long-standing trading relations between Norway and Portugal, reports say.

Dried and salted fish
Dried and salted fish
Photo: Beatrice Murch/Flickr


Portugal has bought fish from Norway for over 500 years, but this partnership may change following a request to the European Commission for permission to use phosphate in fish production.

Using phosphate makes the fish whiter, but at the same time makes it more difficult to dry, which poses a problem for Portuguese industry.

The proposal has come for the Norwegian Seafood Federation (FHL), as they want to be able to sell the fish to a bigger market.

“They want the fish to be whiter in Spain, for example, while the Portuguese demand a greyer kind of fish”, the federation’s Øyvind Haram told NRK.

Norway is not currently able to use phosphate in its fish production, while other countries can. Haram feels that this means Norway is losing by not being able to sell fish to places like Greece, Spain and Italy.

“What we want is to clarify which rules should apply. There must be a level playing-field throughout the EU”, added Mr Haram.



Published on Thursday, 16th February, 2012 at 18:01 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

This post has the following tags: norwegiansaltfish, norwayportugalfishtrading, phosphate.


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