Large supermarket chains, including Wumart and Carrefour, immediately removed the fish from their shelves.
At least 137 people have been infected since last week in China’s capital, a resurgence of infections that has led to the lockdown of several neighborhoods and the cancellation of more than a thousand flights.
China, a very promising market for the industry, last year imported around 23,500 tonnes of Norwegian salmon.
“China is a very important and priority market for us, there is no doubt about it, and it will remain so in the years to come,” Anders Olav Nordoy, spokesman for Norwegian Seafood Center, a public body responsible for promoting the sale of Norwegian fish, told AFP.
“We have no reason to believe that Beijing will necessarily reopen its doors tomorrow,” he added.
Shares in salmon producers, who have previously suffered from the diplomatic spat between Beijing and Oslo over the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in 2010, were boosted by the latest news.
Shares in Mowi, the world’s leading salmon producer, were up around four percent on the Oslo stock exchange.