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Chilean salmon producers obliged to disclose antibiotic use

Staff Writer |
Chile’s salmon producers will be forced to reveal the exact volume of antibiotics they use each year.

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This comes after the country’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal by the salmon industry for this to remain confidential.

Previously, while the total volume of antibiotics used by the industry was published, the ruling means that each company’s use will now be publicly available – as requested by Oceana.

The appeal, which had been filed by the salmon farming industry against the ministers of the Court of Appeals, aimed to revoke the sentence that ordered the National Fisheries Service (Sernapesca) to publish information of the industry’s use of antibiotics per company in 2014.

In the recent ruling, the court dismissed any serious fault or abuse conducted by the ministers and rejecting the business secrecy hypothesis backed by the salmon producers’ union by stating that “this information should be made known to the public in view of the importance of the salmon industry for human consumption”.

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