Russian authorities blocking Chilean salmon

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Rosselkhoznadzor pulls up the drawbridge for more foreign salmon.

In the past few weeks, Russia’s veterinary service has locked out Norwegian, Faroese (Bakkafrost) and now increasingly Chilean salmon farmers out of the Russian Federation.

Rosselkhoznadzor wrote that they found traces of oxytetracycline – an antibacterial medicine – in the salmon from Blumar.

Temporary restrictions have been placed for similar reasons on on Mowi Chile. Nova Austral, Camanchaca, Granja Marina and Cermaq Chile are all under under enhanced control.

However, Chile is not alone. Currently, imports of Norwegian salmon and trout through Belarus to Russia are currently blocked as Rosselkhoznadzor claimed to have found crystal violet in Norwegian fish. An accusation Norwegian salmon farmers deny.

The Russian Federation Ministry of Agriculture – ran by banker Dmitry Patrushev (and son of former FSB Director and current Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev) – is the cabinet-level agency responsible for support of agricultural production. The ministry supervises the veterinary service.