By SeafoodSource staff
Published on 20 January, 2013
Salmon from a quarantined Nova Scotia aquaculture farm are now being moved to a fish plant in Blacks Harbour, N.B., for processing.
Cooke Aquaculture is the first company to process fish with infectious salmon anemia (ISA) under a new set of rules set by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
According to the CFIA, ISA poses no threat to humans and fish with the virus are safe to consume.
About 240,000 salmon from Cooke Aquaculture's quarantined Coffin Island Farm near Liverpool, N.S., will be transported by tanker truck to New Brunswick in the coming weeks. The first shipments of fish were sent last week.
There is no treatment for ISA, which is fatal to fish and easily spreads throughout a population. The CFIA has taken steps to prevent contamination.
There has been a heavy presence of CFIA inspectors at stages throughout the transfer process and also at the Blacks Harbour plant. Plant employees have had to wear special suits to avoid spreading contamination.