Spanish flex their mussels over French claim

GALICIAN mussel producers may take ‘actions’ over France’s decision to declare a health alert against their mussels, which the Spanish say are untrue, and tantamount to a ‘trade war’.
A report in FIS states that the Spanish believe that the claims by the French were made without ‘looking at the available data’ and have been made in order to stop the import of Galician mussels to France.
The Mussel Bureau – which represents 90 per cent of mussel production in Galicia – is likely to speak with the Secretariat of Marine Affairs to decide on the appropriate response to the situation.
Javier Blanco, President of the mussel producer’s association, said: ‘Never, in these 50 years, has it been possible to attribute a poisoning event to Galicia.’