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Russian health officials inspect Chilean salmon plants

Temporary import restrictions were placed on Chilean salmon producers at the end of October.

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Russian officials are in Chile to inspect salmon processing plants as part of a visit lasting nearly two weeks after temporary import restrictions were placed on Chilean salmon producers at the end of October.

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The visit will last until November 21, and affects plants in the regions of Magallanes, Aysén, Los Lagos and Biobio. It includes the inspection of 11 processing sites, cold storage facilities and production centers, as well as laboratories.

Russian authorities previously said that five establishments would be inspected, but the number was increased at the request of Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca).

Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor), temporarily banned salmon imports from Chile along with several livestock products, for alleged violations of the country's sanitary regulations.

Restrictions were placed on exports to Russia from six Chilean plants, including Camanchaca, Acme Chile, Cermaq Chile, Inversiones Coihuin and Nova Austral. Some operations for Multiexport and Cermaq were also singled out for "enhanced laboratory monitoring" by the agency.

Sernapesca has reiterated the calls for Russian health authorities to take action on Chile's salmon companies whose situations are pending with respect to the Eastern European country's market.

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