Jun 27, 2011

 

Aquaculture waste control passes EU inspection

 

 

Officials from the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) of the EU have assessed the monitoring systems for waste and contaminants in live animals and animal products exported to EU market from Chile.

 

Since June 6, the delegation of inspectors has reviewed the procedures for implementing the aquaculture waste programme, unfavorable outcome monitoring and sample analysis plans.

 

As for the National Fisheries Service (Sernapesca), the audit included visits to the Laboratory of Pharmacology from the University of Chile, to two fish processing plants and to a salmon farming center in the region of Los Lagos.

 

In addition, the EU delegation visited the offices of Sernapesca in Puerto Montt.

 

According to the head of the Foreign Trade Area of Sernapesca, Cecilia Solis, "the EU inspectors noted that there is now a proper investigation in cases of unfavorable results and alerts."

 

It "represents a marked improvement from that indicated in 2007, when the delegation that visited us had notified in the same item some deficiencies to be corrected," said Solís.

 

The European inspectors acknowledged the systems used by the Service as equivalent to the EU requirements, which "confirms the good work of the organization in monitoring and sanitary control. Besides, it benefits the exporters, who can still send their products without difficulties," highlighted Sernapesca.

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