Constitutional Court rules in favour of salmon firms in 'antibiotics case'
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Salmon vaccination (Photo: FAO)CHILEFriday, March 31, 2017,22:20 (GMT + 9)The Constitutional Court (CC) has upheld
 

Salmon vaccination. (Photo: FAO)

 

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Friday, March 31, 2017, 22:20 (GMT + 9)

 

The Constitutional Court (CC) has upheld a request for inapplicability filed bySalmonChile and its associated companies not to release the information on the use of antibiotics by salmon firms.

The ruling is part of the so-called antibiotics case involving the Chilean salmon industry and began in May 2015, when, through the Transparency Law, the conservation organization Oceana requested to know the details of the use and type of antibiotics used in each farming centre.

Initially, the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (SERNAPESCA) rejected Oceana's request for information, and the Transparency Council upheld the determination.

But later, in a unanimous decision issued on June 2 last year, Santiago Court of Appeals upheld Oceana's claim and ordered SERNAPESCA to provide the information it possesses regarding quantities and types of antibiotics used by companies in salmon farming during 2014.

In response to that ruling, from SalmonChile, it was emphasized that they considered it "unnecessary to force firms to give that information, since it affects the productive strategies", and assured that they would continue with the legal procedure in process.

In that context, SalmonChile and several associated companies submitted the constitutional inapplicability appeal to the CC.

Now, the CC ruled that "the information that private companies deliver to the State can not be obtained by the right of information access," and that "this possibility was expressly ruled out in the 2005 Constitutional Reform."

"Beyond the amparo of the Constitutional Court on this requirement of inapplicability, the important thing is that today, the information is public, transparent and goes far beyond any specific requirement, demonstrating our commitment to transparency, environmental ethics and constructive dialogue," SalmonChile CEO Felipe Manterola told Aqua.

"As an example, the recent Sustainability Report of the industry addresses such relevant issues as labour, health and environment," he said.

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