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READ: Full EC statement on the salmon collusion raids

So far raids in two member states have been confirmed by IntraFish.

The European Commission on Tuesday said investigations into collusion in the farmed Atlantic salmon sector extend to multiple countries.

A statement released from the EC said "several Member States at the premises of several companies" were raided unannounced on the morning of Feb. 19, but declined to tell IntraFish the names of the companies, the names of the member states, or the total number of member states involved. So far, IntraFish has confirmed raised in the UK and the Netherlands.

"Unannounced inspections are a preliminary investigatory step into suspected anti-competitive practices," the EC wrote in its statement.

(Click here to download a PDF of the full EC statement on the raids)

The EC said the investigation was being brought under competition rules of Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union -- the EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices.

( Click here to read the full text outlining EC rules prohibiting cartels)

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