Costco cuts Chilean sup­plies

Fish Farmer - - World News -

US re­tailer Costco is to buy less salmon from Chile be­cause of con­cerns over an­tibi­otic use. The su­per­mar­ket chain, Amer­ica’s third big­gest, typ­i­cally bought 90 per cent of the 600,000lb of salmon fil­lets it sells each week from Chile, ac­count­ing for nearly nine per cent of Chilean ex­ports to the United States.

Costco now will buy 60 per cent of its salmon from Nor­way, and 40 per cent from Chile, the Fish Site re­ported.

Nor­way, the world’s largest farmed salmon pro­ducer, uses far less an­tibi­otics. Lat­est fig­ures from the Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­gan­i­sa­tion show Nor­way pro­duced 1.3 mil­lion tonnes of salmon and used just over 2,000 lb of an­tibi­otics in 2013.

Ac­cord­ing to Reuters, Chile used 1.2 mil­lion lb of an­tibi­otics last year on pro­duc­tion of nearly 900,000 tonnes of salmon, a 25 per cent in­crease from 2013.

Costco is fol­low­ing the lead of Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, which have phased out Chilean fish in favour of an­tibi­otic-free fish. By law all fresh or frozen salmon and other seafood on US gro­cery shelves must be la­belled ac­cord­ing to the coun­try of ori­gin and whether it is farmed or wild.

GROW­ING DE­MAND A er this trans­ac­tion, Cooke will own all the salmon farms in the area

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