25 Feb 2019 10:56

Russia lifts ban on fish imports from Bakkafrost unit

MOSCOW. Feb 25 (Interfax) - Russian plant and animal health watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor lifted the ban on imports of fish from FO 125, a division of Faroe Islands fish producer Bakkafrost, as of February 22.

The decision was made "on the basis of information received from the food and veterinary authority of the Faroe Islands," Rosselkhoznadzor said.

Temporary restrictions on products from this enterprise were imposed last November 23 due to the discovery of prohibited and harmful substances in the products. After the ban was imposed, Bakkafrost said that the Faroe Islands food service would inspect this enterprise and report the results to Rosselkhoznadzor.

Bakkafrost is a commercial salmon farmer that ships its products to Europe, the United States, Russia and Asia. After Russia banned imports of salmon from Norway as part of its food countersanctions, Bakkafrost significantly increases shipments to the Russian market. Eastern Europe, where Russia is the largest market, accounted for 30% of the company's sales in 2017, Bakkafrost reported.