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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12624: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason information on treatments administered to farmed salmon, and for which the fish are in a withdrawal period as detailed in Schedule 1C of The Aquatic Animal Health (Miscellaneous Modifications) (Scotland) Regulations 2011, at the time of their escape must be provided by fish farmers on escape initial notification forms, when it is not published on the Scotland’s aquaculture website along with other information provided on the forms.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 23 November 2017

Scottish Government requires that fish farms submit information on treatments administered to farmed fish for which they are in withdrawal, in addition to site disease information and mortality rates, in order to inform the fish health inspectorate of fish health at the time of escape. Scottish Government is considering adapting its current publication system to include this information.

The risk to the public of consuming treated escaped farmed salmon is negligible.