STELLARTON, Nova Scotia, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Canadian supermarket chain Sobeys said Monday it pulled salmon from stores in three provinces after sea lice were detected on some of them.
A Sobeys representative told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. it voluntarily removed 84 whole farmed-raised salmon from stores in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island provinces last Thursday.
"We did determine there was a problem with sea lice on a small portion of the whole Atlantic salmon that were pulled from our seafood cases and we've had some very direct conversations with our wholesaler and we're working through the process of how we can improve upon those quality controls," Sobeys spokeswoman Cynthia Thompson said.
The concern about the stores' salmon was raised by Alexandra Morton, an anti-fish farming activist who posted a photo of a lice-infested fish to the Sobeys Facebook page, the CBC said.
Where the salmon originated and exactly how many had sea lice was not disclosed by Sobeys.
Health Canada said the parasite isn't harmful to humans, the CBC said.