News story | Date: 18/06/2020
On Tuesday, Chinese experts on disease control said that they have no evidence that salmon was the original source or an intermediate host of the recently discovered cases of Covid-19 infections in Beijing.
New confirmed cases of Covid-19 infections in Beijing have affected Chinese food imports, including fresh salmon. Following the new outbreak, there has been reports of difficulties getting salmon into the Chinese market.
- The statement from Chinese experts on disease control is in line with the conclusions reached by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, who have stated that infection via food and water is considered unlikely. With these statements, we hope that the export of Norwegian salmon to China soon can resume, said Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen, Minister of Fisheries and Seafood.
Read the full statement from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority here.
- We have a constructive dialogue with the relevant authorities on the Chinese side. Together with the Norwegian Food Safety Authority and the Norwegian seafood industry, we are working at full speed to ensure that Norwegian salmon export to China soon can resume, says Ingebrigtsen. He adds that it is expected that it will take some time before the situation is back to normal.