North Sea shrimp producers raided


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 31, 2009

The European Commission's antitrust office confirmed on Tuesday that authorities raided North Sea shrimp companies on suspicion they violated EC antitrust rules prohibiting cartels.
Conducted on 24 and 25 March, the unannounced inspections are a preliminary step in anticompetitive investigations and do not necessarily mean the companies are guilty of anti-competitive behavior, according to the antitrust office.
The antitrust office did not identify the companies nor did it provide a timeline for the investigation, which depends on the complexity of the case.
Dutch shrimp producers Heiploeg BV and Klaas Puul BV were two of the companies the antitrust office raided, reports Dow Jones Newswires.
"They came to our offices in Zoutkamp [in the Netherlands] and a subsidiary in Denmark," Heiploeg spokeswoman Erika Schoonhoven told Dow Jones.
Both companies were involved in an antitrust case that Dutch authorities initiated in 2000. Appeals in that case are still pending, said Schoonhoven.

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