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The agreement with Salmar includes sales of eggs from Benchmark's land-based sites in Iceland.
The agreement with Salmar includes sales of eggs from Benchmark's land-based sites in Iceland.

Sernapesca has now rated the risk of roe imports from Iceland as "acceptable", after the embargo enforced in late October 2015, for Stofnfiskur.

Before the sanitary alert issued by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and generated by the presence of the Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia virus (VHS) in Iceland, Sernapesca published a resolution which suspended any import of eggs from that country .

However, given the change in the epidemiological situation, Sernapesca carried out a new risk analysis on the importation of eggs of Atlantic salmon from the premises of Stofnfiskur: Vogavik, Kalmanstjön and Kollafjørður. This new analysis also included risk assessment of new diseases, such as totivirus infection (PMCV) and HPR0 strain of ISA.

Likewise, the entry of VHS into Iceland was also considered, together with the control measures established by the competent authority (CA).

The results indicate a negligible risk level for the diseases ISAv (HPR0), SAV, VHS, IHN, EHN, IPN, BKD and CMS, so Sernapesca has concluded that "Atlantic salmon eggs produced in the compartment of the company Stofnfiskur (composed by the facilities Vogavik, Kalmanstjön and Kollafjørður) presents an acceptable risk as they meet the appropriate level of protection required for all evaluating agents and subjected to official sanitary certification. Therefore, the eggs from the compartment presented by Stofnfiskur are eligible to be imported to Chile".

Now the document is open for public consultation until February 25th. Comments should be sent to importaciones@sernapesca.cl