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COVID links impact Norwegian salmon exports

18 June 2020, at 9:55am

Norwegian salmon exports to China fell by a third last week following links between salmon imports and the latest outbreak of COVID-19 in Beijing.

The Norwegian Seafood Council have said that last week’s exports fell to 240 tonnes – a decline of 34 percent – after the virus was discovered at stalls where the fish was being processed at Beijing’s Xinfadi market.

Shi Guoqing, deputy director of China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has now stated that the salmon itself was not the source of the virus, while no contamination has been found in restaurants selling salmon, nor have infections been reported among people who have eaten the fish.

However, the long term impact of the scare remains to be seen.

“It’s too early to tell which consequences the new outbreak in Beijing will have for salmon exports in the time ahead,” the council said in a statement.