February 20, 2006


Cadmium, lead levels in Norwegian salmon found to be normal



Official Danish and Swedish laboratories have conducted new tests on Norwegian salmon and found no abnormal levels of lead and cadmium.  


The tests were conducted on samples of the same catch that the Russian authorities claimed contained high levels of lead and cadmium.


Earlier tests conducted in laboratories in Japan and Singapore have shown that the Norwegian salmon did not contain dangerous levels of the heavy metals.


The Russian authorities banned the import of Norwegian salmon from Jan 1, saying that the levels of lead and cadmium in the fish were abnormally high.


Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere hopes that the salmon dispute with Russia will be resolved within a month.


After his meeting with his Russian counterpart on Feb 17, Stoere said he was told the issue will be solved as soon as possible and that the Russian ministers and authorities involved are working hard to find a solution.