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Russia slowly unblocking Chilean salmon shipments

Christian Fernsby |
Rosselkhoznadzor, has taken AquaChile's Cailin plant, located in southern Chile’s Quellón district, off its list of restricted plants which were blockaded earlier this year after Russian health authorities reportedly detected traces of crystal violet and antibiotics (oxytetracycline) in farmed salmon.

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More plants are expected to be cleared by Rosselkoznadzor in the coming weeks, according to Alicia Gallardo, the national director of Chile’s national fisheries agency, Sernapesca.

"When I traveled to Russia a few months ago, I presented a dossier to the director of the Rosselkhoznadzor, Sergey Dankvert, for seven processing plants in Chile to be reviewed and unlocked,” she told local publication Salmonexpert. “They had processes unfavorable to their shipments to that market, and it is relevant to note now that the collaborative work has shown positive results.”

According to information published on Sernapesca’s website, a total of 19 establishments have been affected by the Russian’s actions: 17 plants and two cold storage warehouses.

"We have continued to work since February this year, where we increased the information exchange, holding a series of bilateral technical meetings in order to provide maximum guarantees regarding the strict safety controls that we carry out as a health authority in the field of aquaculture exports, so we hope to have a favorable response in the coming weeks," Gallardo said.

The Russian veterinary and phytosanitary supervision service “asked us for more information and one of the plants in the documents presented, that of AquaChile, was released as a result of the negotiations,” Gallardo said.

“Now we must insist with the other operations,” she said. “We will send a new dossier, with the guarantees required by the authority for unlocking, which they promised to do under those conditions.”

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