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Sernapesca suspends antibiotic-free certifications in Magallanes

The authority is revising the program following irregularities committed by Nova Austral.

Chile's National Service of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Sernapesca) extended a temporary suspension of antibiotic-free certifications to the entire region of Magallanes, reports BioBio.

The region-wide suspension, which will be officially announced this week, will be in place while Sernapesca revises the standard, and it affects all companies operating in the region, including Cermaq, Australis, and AquaChile.

The suspension is independent from the one placed on Nova Austral's farms, which was imposed in light of an investigation opened against the company for irregularities reported on its mortality accounting.

The measure comes amid growing criticism against Sernapesca by NGOs following the findings on Nova Austral.

According to Greenpeace, the findings are a sign that Sernapesca’s audits are not bringing reliable information on salmon companies’ operations.

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