Exports from Faroe Islands giant Bakkafrost will be restricted entry into Russia beginning Feb. 10, according to Rosselkhoznadzor, the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, after finding traces of what it called "harmful bacteria" in products previously supplied to the market.

The current ban is on fresh, chilled and frozen salmon from the company.

Bakkafrost CFO Hogni Dahl Jakobsen confirmed the news to IntraFish.

How long the ban will be implemented is unknown.

"It is too early to tell," Jakobsen said.

Previously, Russian authorities placed a temporary ban on imports from Bakkafrost from November 2018 to February 2019.

The previous ban was only on imports of salmon offcuts from one of the company's facilities and resulted from the detection of bacteria in a sample.

Exports from Mowi Faroes have also been under enhanced scrutiny in Russia since Nov. 27, according to Rosselkhoznadzor.

Claims by Rosselkhoznadzor of bacteria in the Icelandic firm's products are similar to when Bakkafrost was banned from the Russian market in November 2018 and allowed back in again in February 2019.

Since the November 2018 ban, Bakkafrost has had significantly less exposure to the Russian market.