Ice­landic firm pulls out of Brus­sels show over se­cu­rity fears

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THE Ice­landic fish­ing com­pany HB Grandi has pulled out of Seafood Expo Global 2016 in Brus­sels, fol­low­ing the re­cent ter­ror­ist at­tacks in the Bel­gian cap­i­tal which killed more than 30 peo­ple and in­jured at least 170 oth­ers. HB Grandi, a sig­nif­i­cant trawl­ing and fish pro­cess­ing op­er­a­tion, had planned to send up to 27 em­ploy­ees to the show, which takes place from April 26-28. It said in a state­ment: ‘The man­age­ment be­lieves there is no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for send­ing em­ploy­ees to Brus­sels this time where it is un­cer­tain whether it will be pos­si­ble to en­sure their safety in a sat­is­fac­tory man­ner fol­low­ing the re­cent ter­ror­ist at­tacks in the city.’ Other seafood com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing a num­ber in the United States, are also re­port­edly con­sid­er­ing their po­si­tion. But sources in Scot­land’s salmon in- dus­try, which has a big pres­ence at the show, said their plans had not changed. The or­gan­is­ers of Seafood Expo Global said they have tight­ened se­cu­rity mea­sures: all bags will be searched; visi­tors may bring up to two bags pro­vided they are smaller than 30cm x 43cm x 15cm; bag-check avail­abil­ity at the fa­cil­ity will be ex­tremely lim­ited. All are en­cour­aged not to bring bags in or­der to save time. At­ten­dees and ex­hibi- tors are sub­ject to metal de­tec­tor screen­ing; be pre­pared to show a photo ID; you will see police of­fi­cers and ex­plo­sive de­tec­tion dogs through­out the expo.

Once known as the Brus­sels Seafood Show or the Euro­pean Seafood Expo, the event is the world’s largest fish­ing plat­form, at­tract­ing tens of thou­sands of in­ter­na­tional visi­tors.

The at­tacks oc­curred at Brus­sels Air­port, in Zaven­tem, about 10km out­side the city, and in Mall­beek train sta­tion.

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