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Salmon Farmers Hit by China Boycott After New Virus Outbreak

  • Grieg, Bakkafrost cancel shipments; most salmon shares drop
  • Norway’s government says China hasn’t imposed an import ban
Salmon pass through a shower of fresh water at a farm.

Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

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Salmon farmers have been hit by restrictions in China, where a new outbreak of the coronavirus was blamed on imported fish.

The red-fleshed fish is now being boycotted in China after new infections were traced back to the chopping board of a seller of imported salmon at a market in the capital. Orders have been canceled and “it’s difficult to ship fish to Beijing” in the near term, said Anders Snellingen, manager for global operations at the Seafood Council for Norway, the world’s biggest producer.