Chile: NGO calls for action over Malachite Green – Fishupdate.com

Chile: NGO calls for action over Malachite Green Published:  28 September, 2007

AN environmental group is urging the Chilean Government to take action over reports that a banned substance has been found in salmon exports.

According to the Santiago Times, the Chile-based environmental NGO, Ecoceanos made the call after Taiwanese health authorities reportedly detected Malachite Green in salmon imported from Chile.

Last weekend, the China Post reported that a 523-kilogram shipment of Chilean salmon was found to contain Malachite Green, a potentially carcinogenic chemical that is prohibited in numerous countries, including Chile and Taiwan. Malachite Green was outlawed in Chile in 2005, but had been used previously for many years as an anti-fungal drug.

The tainted salmon arrived in Taiwan on September 14 and was imported by a local branch of the Costco retail chain, the China Post said. The salmon remains stuck in customs.

The Malachite Green discovery has received little attention in Chile. All the more reason, says Ecoceanos, why Chilean authorities must investigate the matter to determine where the salmon was raised and which of the nation’s salmon companies used the banned substance.

This is not the first time Chilean salmon has been found to contain banned chemicals. Earlier this year Chilean salmon producers ran into trouble when health officials in Great Britain found that a shipment of Chilean salmon contained Crystal Violet, another banned substance used to treat fungi and parasites.

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