Safeway Restricts Purchases of Chilean Salmon

Publication: The New York Times

Author: Alexei Barrionuevo

04/17/2008 - Safeway, among the largest supermarket chains in the United States, has restricted some purchases of farm-raised Chilean salmon over concerns about a virus that is killing millions of fish there.

The supermarket chain decided late last month to stop buying from its supplier of Chilean salmon, Marine Harvest, because the virus for infectious salmon anemia, or I.S.A., was “impacting the quality of the product,” Brian Dowling, a Safeway spokesman, said this week. Mr. Dowling said the virus, which does not pose a risk to humans, was nevertheless affecting the size of the salmon, “which impacts the quality and the taste.”

After Safeway made its decision, Marine Harvest announced April 10 that Torben Petersen, its top executive in Chile, had resigned his post and left the company. Marine Harvest, based in Oslo, Norway, is the world’s largest producer of farmed salmon and has viewed Chile as a major expansion area.

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