Norway says its salmon did not cause virus at Beijing market
By Victoria Klesty and Nerijus Adomaitis
OSLO (Reuters) - Chinese and Norwegian authorities have concluded that Norwegian salmon is not the source of the corona virus found on cutting boards in a Beijing food wholesale market, the Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Seafood said Wednesday.
"We can remove uncertainty," said Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen at a video conference.
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Chinese and Norwegian officials decided on Tuesday that the source of the outbreak was not from Norwegian fish, he added.
China stopped importing European salmon after it was reported on Saturday that the virus was found on fish handling equipment at the Xinfadi market in Beijing, causing supermarkets in the Chinese capital to remove salmon from their shelves .
Orders from Chinese salmon producers were canceled over the weekend from China, although the Norwegian Food Safety Authority said there is no evidence that fish could be infected.
The decrease in shares in Norwegian salmon farmers on Monday rose on Wednesday, with market leaders Mowi increasing 3.6% and Salmar 2.9% to 1004 GMT.
The Norwegian Seafood Council, a state-owned marketing company, told Reuters that some salmon shipments were being shipped to major Chinese cities except Beijing.
A salmon exporter that refused to be named said that some exports went to China, but most were still put on hold.
(Written by Gwladys Fouche; Edited by Terje Solsvik and Barbara Lewis)
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