Scottish salmon: World leading health, hygiene and biosecurity standards

The Scottish salmon sector operates to the very highest standards of health, biosecurity and hygiene. 

Such world leading standards and principles are ingrained within our sector and across all who farm, process and transport fish to the consumer. 

Prior to Covid-19 these high standards already sought to prevent the transmission of any harmful organism (bacterial, viral), but have since been added to with tailored controls surrounding coronavirus prevention.

Why Scottish salmon can be eaten raw

Unlike wild salmon, Scottish farmed salmon carries no risk of parasites when eaten raw.

Research by several institutions, reviewed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), studying the available evidence on the presence of parasites in wild and farmed fish concluded that farmed salmon destined to be eaten raw in dishes like sushi does not need to be frozen before consumption.

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