Ensuring food safety and animal welfare at every stage
We believe that the safety and welfare of our salmon affects the quality of the meat – the better the conditions and the less stressed the salmon gets, the better it looks and tastes.
There are currently around fifty salmon slaughterhouses in Norway, located along our coastline near the salmon farms. We are continuously introducing stricter legislation to ensure that we’re processing our salmon under satisfactory conditions.
From sea to shipment in just 6–8 hours
Harvesting our salmon
Live salmon is brought from the feeding pen to the waiting pens by wellboats. Then they are transported into the processing plant where we stun the fish before slaughtering them as quickly as possible, ensuring the minimum amount of stress. The gills and throat are then cut and the salmon is placed into tanks of cold fresh water to bleed out. This process also cleans the fish.
Gutting and quality grading
Once the salmon has bled out, it is gutted and sorted into size and quality - superior, ordinary or production. Then the salmon is packed or sent to filleting. The by-product is gathered and used for lower grade foods, such as animal feed, which reduces the environmental footprint.
To preserve the correct core temperature (2-4°C) our salmon is packed with ice. The boxes have been specially designed to keep the product cool all the way to its destination.
Maintaining food safety at all times
The Norwegian Food Safety Authority monitors our food safety standards from fjord to fork. The strict control systems we use ensure the quality of all our salmon.
Frequently asked questions
How fresh is your salmon when it is processed?
Salmon from Norway is taken straight from the sea or waiting pen and into the processing line. Processing takes approximately 4 to 6 hours – so our salmon is ready for transportation the very same day.
How many tons of salmon do you process each day?
A plant can process between 50-120 tonnes per shift, but this depends on the size of the plant and how automated the processing line is.
How much salmon can be transported at one time?
A standard lorry can transport around 18 tonnes of salmon.
How hygienic are your processing facilities?
We have very strict regulations in place to protect food safety. This includes the regular cleaning of equipment and nets. We also have emergency plans in place to protect our food in case our strict food policies are compromised. You can read more about our policies on our pages on buying and selling.
What happens after the salmon leaves the processing plant?
Our salmon is transported around the world while some may be send for further processing, such as filleting or smoking. It may also go directly to a fishmonger in Norway or an importer in your country.
How popular is it globally?
Salmon from Norway is distributed to more than 100 countries around the world.
What is the difference between superior, ordinary and production salmon?
- Superior salmon is a first class product with characteristics which make it suitable for all purposes. The salmon will be without any substantial faults, damage or defects.
- Ordinary salmon will have limited external or internal faults, damage or defects.
- Production salmon will have additional faults, damage or defects which mean it is unable to be classed as superior or ordinary. These salmon will always be supplied as head off.
- It must be noted that the minimum standard for export is ordinary. Production salmon is not sold to the retail trade, catering institutions or consumers.