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Whale Meat Registered as Fish, Returned to Iceland

The six containers of fin whale meat that were grounded at the harbor in Hamburg on Friday last week are now being shipped back to Iceland. The meat was registered as frozen fish in some of the shipping documents, as confirmed by local customs authorities.

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The containers were being shipped to Japan via Rotterdam and Hamburg with transport vessel Cosco Pride. During its stopover in Hamburg, customs authorities requested that the six containers be removed from the ship while the documents were reviewed, ruv.is reports.

The customs eventually concluded that the documents were in order, authorizing the continued shipping of the whale meat, yet Cosco Pride carried on without them.

Transport company Evergreen Line released a statement saying the original booking information indicated that there was frozen fish in the containers and that they didn’t realize until after the ship left Rotterdam that they also included whale meat.

According to Evergreen Line, the labeling read: ‘Frozen Edible Produce (Balaenoptera Physalus)’—the words in brackets are the Latin term for ‘fin whale.’

Evergreen Line stated that the company had decided not to transport the containers onwards to Asia.

Icelandic shipping company Samskip rejected the claim that the containers were falsely labeled, stating that it was clear all along that they contained whale meat.

The customs authorities in Hamburg only confirm that there was a discrepancy in the fishing documents, that some of them referred to frozen fish and others to whale products.

The containers will be shipped back to Rotterdam and from there to Iceland on behalf of Samskip.


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