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CHILEAN COURT ORDERS DISCLOSURE OF SALMON PRODUCERS' ANTIBIOTIC USE

06/06/2016

An appeals court in Chile ordered Sernapesca, the government's fisheries body, to disclose antibiotic use among salmon producers. Chile is the world's second-largest producer of salmon, and farmers use record levels of antibiotics to treat salmon bacteria. The waters surrounding Chile are filled with SRS, a bacteria that kills fish and causes them lesions and hemorrhaging. Antibiotic use among Chilean salmon farmers has risen by 25% since 2013, as farmers are unable to develop an effective vaccine. In 2014, the salmon industry used 1.2 million pounds of antibiotics. The use of antibiotics to treat this bacteria is dissuading U.S. retailers from buying these fish. The claim was filed by Oceana after 27 salmon producers, Sernapesca, and Chile's transparency council refused to disclose antibiotic use in 2014. Under the ruling, Sernapesca must disclose the antibiotics that were used in 2014. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-chile-environment-salmon-idUKKCN0YN5J9.