(Reuters) China has banned the import of whole Norwegian salmon from tomorrow until September 10 importers can certify that the fish are free from infectious salmon anemia (ISA), as well as variants of the virus, the Authority said Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) Monday. This, after the Chinese authorities claimed it discovered ISA on a batch of salmon from the Scandinavian country last August.
However, the partially processed salmon, including fish without head, guts and bowels, may continue to be sent to China.
The Food Safety Authority of Norway does not believe the virus may affect the stock of fish shipped to China. "We have a different view of the situation and insist on it," said Grethe Bynes, Head of Exports and Imports of NFSA.
The executive called the Norwegian exporters to sell their products to China to work together with customers to find a solution.