Looks like a selfie, Russian authorities remotely inspect salmon processor

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Rosselkhoznadzor inspects Salmones Blumar without leaving Moscow.

Chilean aquaculture authority Sernapesa reports Russia’s veterinary service Rosselkhoznadzor has assessed compliance at a Salmones Blumar site in the BioBio region, southern Chile.

It may look like a person taking a selfie, but this is a real-time remote inspection.

In the past, Russia has locked out Chilean salmon farmers out of the Russian market over claims they found antibacterial medicine in fish.

Last February, the former Director of Sernapesca Alicia Gallardo (now Undersecretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture) met with Director of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert to discuss going forward. This was to “unlock the blockade of Chilean salmon imposed by the Eurasian giant”.

Sernapesa wrote that it is expected that remote inspections will be carried out more frequently across salmon sites.

The deputy director of safety and certification Héctor Escobar said that “the inspection was carried out successfully, allowing the representatives of the Russian authority to remotely observe the facilities and the process that takes place in it without problems”.

This “also maintained a fluid communication between the participants of the activity, exchanging information, records and background of interest,” he added.