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Chile blames Norway's Marine Harvest of damaging environment after salmon incident

Marine Harvest did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It has previously downplayed the threat posed to the environment by Florfenicol, the antibiotic.


Reuters Last Updated at 07 Aug 2018, 04:08 IST Chile, Norway
Chile blames Norway's Marine Harvest of damaging environment after salmon incident

Chile's environment ministry on Monday accused the local unit of Norway's Marine Harvest of damaging the environment after hundreds of thousands of salmon escaped from one of the company's fisheries last month.

The ministry said in a statement that it had asked the State Defense Council, which represents the government in legal matters, to investigate the incident and initiate legal action against Marine Harvest with the aim of repairing the environmental damage.

Some of the 600,000 fish that swam into the wild last month after a storm damaged enclosures near the southern city of Calbuco had been injected with a course of antibiotics that was incomplete at the time of their escape, making them unfit for human consumption.

Marine Harvest did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It has previously downplayed the threat posed to the environment by Florfenicol, the antibiotic.

Chile is the world's second-largest producer of salmon, after Norway.

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