I noticed the following in Private Eye and thought Rosie’s readers may find it interesting.
As Scottish salmon producers struggle to keep up with the demands of Alex Salmond's deal to supply China with fish (Eyes passim), shoppers buying products such as Macrae's Scottish Quality-branded "Scottish Smoked Salmon" who checked the small print on the packaging recently, would have found their fish was actually farmed ... In Norway.
When wildlife campaigner John Robins queried this with Tesco the supermarket told him "We are reliant on Norwegian supply to help us meet our customers' demands". When he then asked trading standards whether the labelling was acceptable, they confirmed that, so long as the smoking takes place in Scotland, it was legal because it describes the product as "Scottish smoked salmon" and not as "smoked Scottish salmon". Very little of the fish farmed in Norway can be sold to China since a diplomatic row between these countries over the granting of the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.....
It was reported last November that the largely Norwegian-owned farmed salmon industry in Scotland was way behind its schedule of increasing production by 60,000 tonnes by 2020, as agreed in the Scottish government's deal as preferred salmon supplier to China ( in return for two panda bears plus investment in the Grangemouth refinery)......,"
The best-laid schemes of mice and men ... and a' that!
Environmental organisations, including the World Wildlife Fund and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, have repeatedly warned that such rapid expansion of fish farming could make the already highly polluting business even less sustainable.
PS : Sainsbury's was given a slap on the wrist by the Advertising Standards Authority last summer for selling salmon labelled as coming from Skye, Lewis and Uist , when it was actually from the more intensively farmed Loch Fyne.
PPS: Cumbrian fish-smoking firm Grants got into bother last year for using Chilean salmon in products it was supplying to Morrisons as Scottish.