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April 9th 2021

The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation have today (April 9th) released a comment regarding the reinstatement of RSPCA Assured certification with immediate effect for a small number of farms after inspections found no evidence to support claims of welfare issues made by Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and anti-fish farm activists.

Tavish Scott, Chief Executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) said: "Each of the Scottish salmon farms subjected to unfounded allegations of welfare breaches by the campaigning group CIWF have been thoroughly investigated and given bills of clean health.

"All sites were physically visited and inspected by RSPCA Assured auditors, in addition to extensive reviews of the information initially received. No evidence was found to support the claims made by anti-fish farm activists and RSPCA Assured certification for the sites has been reinstated with immediate effect."

Mr Scott added: "Our farmers maintain exemplary standards of fish health and welfare which is why we were adamant that there was no substance to any of these distorted and exaggerated claims. We respect the role that RSCPA Assured plays in keeping our standards high with their unannounced inspections, with auditors welcome on any farm, at any time."