Russians inspect Norwegian fish processing plants – Fishupdate.com

Russians inspect Norwegian fish processing plants Published:  03 April, 2006

THREE Russian fisheries inspectors have been touring Norwegian fish processing plants, at the invitation of Norwegian authorities, the Norway Post has reported.

The move comes after Russia stopped the import of Norwegian fresh salmon in January. Russian veterinarians claimed they had found too high levels of cadmium and lead in the Norwegian salmon, and banned the import from January 1.

The Norwegian Food Inspectorate refuted the claims, saying they had never registered levels of heavy metals exceeding the legal limits. This was echoed by Danish and Japanese authorities, and the Norwegian authorities invited Russian inspectors to visit Norwegian fish farms and processing plants.

The three inspectors toured fish farms and plants along the coast, starting in Trondheim. They were also due to visit the Norwegian Institute for Research on Nutrition and Seafood, before returning to Russia.

The issue was also on the agenda in talks between Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and his Russian counterpart, Mikhain Fradkov, during his recent visit to Norway.

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