Today’s Sunday Herald has an article by Environment Editor, Rob Edwards saying that earlier this year, in March 2012, Scottish Sea Farms’ salmon farm at South Shian in Loch Crearan was in breach of the USA’s Food and Drug Administration’s regulations.
FDA inspectors evidently visited the South Shian farm in September 2011. Edwards quotes from a subsequent communication from the FDA to Scottish Sea Farms about this farm: ‘Your firm’s aquaculture farmed salmon appear to be adulterated in that the products have been prepared, packed, or held under conditions whereby they may have been rendered injurious to health.’
His contention is that the apparent adulteration related to concerns about the detection method for testing the salmon for traces of three pesticides used to kill sea lice, a common and serious infestation endemic in open cage farmed salmon which have little room to swim.
The South Shian fish farmwas visited by FDA inspectors in September 2011. They were concerned about the way fish were tested for residues of three pesticides used to kill sea lice.
Scottish Sea farms are quoted in the article as stressing that there is no connection between what the FDA inspectors found in September 2011 and recent simultaneous illness of many of its staff for which Argyll and Bute Environmental Health officers have said no common cause has yet been found.
The company underlines the fact that in August 2012 the FDA had pronounced that their concerns had been ‘adequately addressed’.
Scottish Sea Farms are said to export £12 million of farmed salmon per annum to the USA.