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EU resumes fishery imports from Uruguay

The European Union resumed fish imports from Uruguay Sunday after several months of suspension, Uruguayan authorities said.

Daniel Montiel, director of the Uruguay’s National Direction of Aquatic Resources (Dinara), told the press that 100 tons of fish were to be loaded to Europe. The EU banned fishery imports from Uruguay after its health inspectors visited eight fishing companies and blocked imports from four for sanitarian reasons in February. The Dinara, making its own inspections after the EU sanctions, suspend the rest while making efforts to solve the problems and resume exports.

The EU’s representative in Montevideo said last Friday that the suspension was lifted after a European technical commission made an inspection visit to Uruguay in May. The suspension has affected 90% of local fishery companies. exported $200 million of fishing products in 2007, from which 80 million were sent to UruguayEurope. (