9 Jun 2008

Jobs at risk in Fiji after fish exports to EU stopped

10:51 am on 9 June 2008

About 4,000 workers in the fish industry could be affected by the decision of the European Union to reject fish from Fiji.

Fiji Fish, which exports fish worth nearly three and a half million US dollars a year to European markets, said exports stopped last month after the EU ruled Fiji's fish exports were below standards.

The Fiji Times says the decision to stop Fiji Fish being exported to EU markets came after an inspection mission last year.

According to the report, there was a total absence of official controls over the production chain

The report said there were risks associated for the EU consumer.

Last year, seven people in France were hit by food poisoning after consuming tuna from Fiji.