- 21 Oct 2020
Date received: 21 Aug 2020
Date responded: 18 Sep 2020
1) What steps are salmon farm operators and the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation taking to ensure that salmon which have died prematurely from diseases, viruses, lice infestation, flaying damage etc are not entering the human food chain?
2) In cases where outbreaks occur, what percentage of the harvested fish are analysed for infectious diseases and viruses, before entering the human food chain?
3) The Scottish Government acknowledge the decline in wild Scottish salmon on the west coast of Scotland where salmon farms are operating. What monitoring methods and precautions are in place by Marine Scotland, salmon farm operators and the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation to ensure that infectious salmon diseases and viruses are not being transmitted to wild fish?
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