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Salmon farmers do act responsibly

by 5m Editor
7 September 2006, at 1:00am

UK - Scottish salmon farms are using veterinary medicines in a responsible way, according to a government report published today (Thursday).

Salmon farmers do act responsibly - UK - Scottish salmon farms are using veterinary medicines in a responsible way, according to a government report published today (Thursday).

The report from the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), which says medicines are used in the way they have been authorised, has been welcomed by the industry.

Sid Patten, chief executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers' Organisation (SSPO) said: "This is good news as independent government testing by the VMD confirms that the Scottish salmon farming industry continues to use approved veterinary medicines responsibly.

"Contrary to what some commentators have previously suggested, veterinary medicine usage in Scottish salmon farms is minimal and qualified vets only use them to treat infected fish when absolutely necessary."

Mr Patten said good husbandry could keep the use of medicine to a minimum, such as keeping fish of the same generation on a farm at any given time, leaving pens empty after the salmon have been harvested and site rotation.

SSPO company secretary David Sandison based in Shetland noted: "This is independent verification of the extremely high standards of the health and welfare standards that exist in Scotland's salmon farming industry."

To view the report, click here

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