SWEDISH FIRMS SOLD 200 TONS OF ILLEGAL SALMON

05/13/2013

Swedish companies have sold about 200 tons of Baltic salmon containing illegal levels of dioxin in the European Union, breaching a ban on fatty fish from the Baltic Sea. The ban does not apply to fish sold directly to consumers in Sweden, Finland, and Latvia, but a 2002 EU ban restricts the sale of salmon from the heavily polluted sea due to dioxin's link to cancer and reproductive damage. A French firm that imported over 100 tons of fish said that its tests found no problems with the fish, adding that "nobody told us it was illegal." An official with Sweden's National Food Agency said that the fish had been illegally exported to Denmark and the Netherlands and then distributed throughout the EU. "The fish has long-term effects on people's health and they are serious," said another official. The sale of the fish is legal in Sweden, but sellers are required to give advice about safe limits of consumption. Children and pregnant women are advised not to eat the fish more than three times a year. For the full story, see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22446780 and http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j9tEo9colk1bBDZP8NAyxxPj8O1g?docId=CNG.108cf50c1f179528bf42bf7addcc3d76.481.