EU set to welcome organic salmon

A SOLUTION looks in sight for Norwegian organic salmon after Iceland recently dropped its requests for adaptations to the EU rules.
Norway’s fisheries minister Per Sandberg (pictured) said: ‘This is very good news for our country’s fish farmers.  We had already informed the European Union that we were ready to incorporate the legislation in the EEA agreement, but we were unable to go ahead without Iceland.’
The development means that Norway can resume exports of organic salmon in EU countries.
Frank Bakke-Jensen, minister for EU and EAA affairs, said: ‘The new Icelandic government has dealt with this matter swiftly, which shows the importance they attach to market access and implementation.
‘Standardised rules for the EU and the EEA (European Economic Area) improve the competitiveness of the aquaculture industries in both Iceland and Norway.’
Organic salmon has not had market access in certain EU countries since the autumn of last year because the EU legislation on organic production and labelling of organic products is not yet formally incorporated into the EEA agreement.
Norwegian organic salmon has met the EU standards for organic salmon all along, but all three EEA and EFTA states must agree in order for the legislation to be incorporated.
Sandberg said: ‘Now we hope that Norwegian organic salmon will soon be in the shops in the parts of Europe where it has previously been boycotted.’