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Wal-mart Turns its Back on Chile's Virus Hit Salmon

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CHILE - It has been reported that Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the worlds largest retailer, has stopped buying salmon from Chilean aquaculture operations after prevalence of the infectious salmon anemia virus.

According to a recent report from Bloomberg, Wal-Mart switched to “Atlantic” suppliers of salmon after the fish became “unavailable” in Chile, Caren Epstein, a spokeswoman with the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company, said in an e-mailed response to questions. She declined to be more specific on the other countries it was buying from, reported Matthew Craze and James Attwood for Bloomberg.

Marine Harvest ASA, the world’s largest salmon supplier, started sending Norwegian salmon to the U.S. market two weeks ago to keep up supplies to clients who were buying fish from its Chilean farms, said Jorgen Christiansen, a spokesman for the Oslo-based company.

“We have our customers screaming for more salmon,” Christiansen told Bloomberg.