[The Portugese press showing their sick sense of humour]
The Dutch health agency warned last week that the death toll could reach 17 with 10,000 people infected. RTV News in the Netherlands reported yesterday (18 October) that legal action by at least 18 victims is pending.
Food Safety News reported (18 October)
The article continued:
The Dutch media reported yesterday (18 October) that Norwegian farmed salmon was the source of the outbreak:
"The salmon is farmed in Norway and processed by Foppen in a factory in Greece," reported RTL News (18 October). "There were major problems with hygiene."
"The infection with salmonella of Norwegian salmon took place in Preveza, a Greek port where Foppen a factory," reported WEL (4 October). "The salmon is purchased by Foppen in Norway, traveling 3,300 km by road to Greece."
"The smoked salmon is largely derived from Global Gap certified salmon farms in Norway and Scotland," reported Food Holland (17 October).
"Supermarkets like to flaunt their sustainable approach," reported Food Holland (10 October). "That sustainability is however in a different light now that the contamination of the Norwegian salmon probably took place in Greece, where the fish was processed because of low wages. This means that the salmon travels 6,000 kilometers by road before reaching the Dutch supermarket shelf."
For more background on the health and disease impacts of salmon farming read "Fish Farmageddon: The Infectious Salmon Aquacalypse"
RTV News (18 October) reported that victims are now seeking compensation. Personal injury lawyer Yme Drost said 18 people had already contacted him. "According Drost, the victims usually five to eight days in hospital on a drip located as a result of the infection," reported RTV News. "They want compensation and demands Foppen a compensation for the fact that they do not have to work. Per person would be a few hundred to a few thousand dollars."
Dutch News (18 October) reported:Norwegian media as the source of the salmonella outbreak - with the Dutch health agency warning that the death toll could rise to 17 with 10,000 people infected!
Intrafish reported (15 October):
“Norwegian salmon is blamed for salmonella outbreak,” reported the headline of the Norway’s biggest-selling daily newspaper Aftenposten (4 October).Two Dead After Eating Infected Farmed Salmon - Death Toll Set to Rise to 17!”
As the death toll rises, the Norwegian salmon farming industry is desperately attempting to wriggle off the hook. Aftenposten reported yesterday (18 October) that Norwegian farmed salmon was "exhonerated" - passing the buck onto the Dutch company Foppen and their Greek processing plant.
"The contagion is now traced to a factory in Greece," reported Aftenposten (18 October). "Some of salmon products in the U.S. that may have been involved, was sold as Norwegian smoked salmon, according to the American news channel ABC. But even though the salmon was Norwegian, it appears now that it probably left Norway free of salmonella."
"The store chain Costco, which sold salmon products with Norwegian names in the United States, immediately pulled the products from their shelves when they got the call about the salmonella findings in the Netherlands," continued the article.
For more background read “Sicko Salmon - ABC News on "Horrible" Norwegian Farmed Salmon” (Salmon Farming Kills, 4 October)
However, the Russians are still not buying it (Russian has imposed import bans on Norwegian farmed salmon three times since 2005 due to various contamination incidents). Russian TV visited Norway over the weekend to film a news report on salmonella-infected Norwegian farmed salmon.
Norwegian Fish Farmer magazine reported (16 October) that the Norwegian salmon farming industry is working to keep the bad news story out of the media. "TV channel Russia 24 came this weekend with a message that two Norwegians have died and over 600 are harbored in hospitals after they have eaten salmon with salmonella. The Norwegian Seafood Council is monitoring the media images to prevent the matter spreads further to other channels."
The article (translated via Google Translate) continued:
"Have fucked together misstatement: The case of the Russian media based most likely on a case of outbreaks of salmonella in the Netherlands and the United States, and the Norwegian Seafood Council worked now to get the right information."
"The Russian TV report is not the law," said Jan Erik Johnsen's envoy to the Norwegian Seafood Council in Russia. "Here they probably fucked together much misinformation. But we take no direct contact with the news channel to get corrected case."
"Monitoring the media image: Johnson stresses that the Norwegian Seafood Council monitors Russian media images, and by Sunday afternoon there was no other Russian media that had spread the information further in this form."
In August 2012, Norwegian Fish Farmer magazine reported that the Russian health authorities had detected salmonella contamination in Norwegian farmed salmon. The following companies were named: Alsvåg Fiskeprodukter, Nova Sea, Grieg Seafood Finnmark and SnefjordKongekrabbe.
“Norwegian salmon is a dangerous product, claims Russian veterinary authorities, who claims to have found salmonella in salmon,” reported Norwegian Fish Farmer magazine (2 August 2012). “Yesterday it was announced by the Norwegian media that Russian veterinary authorities have tightened control of salmon from two Norwegian salmon producers and two other seafood companies. This could be a harbinger of measures to come.”
According to an article in Moscow News, Rosselkhoznadzor, representing the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, stated that “Norwegian salmon is a dangerous product that does not meet neither in Russia, Kazakhstan and White Russia”.
Read more via "Russia Says 'Nyet' to Norwegian Farmed Salmon"
Something is really rotten in the state of Norwegian-0wned salmon farming!
Read more via "Something is Rotten in the State of Norway"