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SERNAPESCA develops a complete safety program for aquaculture products for export

Information submitted by the Chile National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (SERNAPESCA) 

The sanitary authority that oversees Chilean Aquaculture, SERNAPESCA, performs sanitary control programs aimed at ensuring food safety of fisheries and aquaculture products for export.

In salmon farming, these programs include controls across the production chain to ensure compliance with the requirements by destination markets, to give consumers assurances of product safety. 

Sernapesca inspectors take official routine samples, starting with the initial production level (farms). Processing plants apply Quality Assurance Programs based on HACCP, which are supervised by official Sernapesca Inspectors, and include verifications of raw material and manufactured products in order to ensure their appropriate operation and compliance of safety objectives.  The Control Program for Residues from Pharmaceutical Products and Polluting Substances (download), contains the enforcement actions taken across the production chain, in order to ensure the compliance with the requirements made by destination markets with relation to these substances. 

With the aim to strengthen antimicrobial usage controls, Sernapesca developed a control program based on the OIE recommendations on responsible and prudent use of antimicrobials (Program in Spanish online), and made available a Manual of good practices in the use of antimicrobials and antiparasitic treatments in Chilean salmon farming (Download the Manual in Spanish).