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Swedish bureaucrats force tuna fish on Asian detour

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 30 Oct 2009, 08:08

Published: 30 Oct 2009 08:08 GMT+01:00

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The cargo of tuna fish originally landed at Gothenburg harbour in June. But as the paperwork was not completed correctly health and safety bureaucrats left the importer with a tough choice - destroy the valuable cargo or send it on a return journey to south-east Asia.

Matkompaniet, a food firm based in Borås in western Sweden, chose the latter course of action, and after an epic voyage lasting several months the cargo has now returned to Swedish shores.

"We don't know whether to laugh or cry," Tommy Blomqvist at Matkompaniet said in the face of regulatory intransigence in June.

The firm now hopes that steps can be taken to prevent any future recurrence.

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"The regulations forced the National Food Administration to do this. But we have also received indication that the rules could be eased so that it will be easier to correct paperwork errors that have been made," Pete Karlsson at the firm told local news website BT.se on Thursday.

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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10:18 October 30, 2009 by Rick Methven
I suppose the Tuna is only fit for cat food now?
15:20 October 30, 2009 by Nemesis
That was vindictiveness.
17:55 October 30, 2009 by Atlas
This reminds me of how a guy was financially ruined because his banana cargo was blocked at customs (thus they got bad), while the cargo of a competitor was unloaded because that one was the brother of ex-finance minister of Albania at that time (from socialist party) who had authority over customs.
01:51 November 18, 2009 by beeker
If the cargo met specs and the only mistake was the paper work. a fax or two should of made everything right. otherwise if something was fishy with the fish then making cat food out of it would have been the right thing to do. A BueFin is worth a bunch of money so i don't blame the importer for sending it back, but wheather or not its the same cargo, both in type and quality, on the return is anyones guess.
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