DKSH first to offer Friend of the Sea certified pangasius

Following over 6 months independent audit on site and based on laboratory water parameters analysis, a first farm among those managed by the Vietnamese Agifish obtain Friend of the Sea certification.

Friend of the Sea’s aquaculture sustainability criteria are deemed among the strictest in the field and can be considered equivalent or even tighter than the current EU bio requirements.
It was no surprise that DKSH and Agifish had to select the most advanced farm. A number of initial Non Conformities made it necessary to implement further safety and pollution prevention measures in the farm, as well as develop several new procedures. The bulk of the corrective actions focused then on setting up a rigorous water parameters analysis program and new SOP’s which have already led to a series of positive data.

The outcome is now a pangasius supply which can be assured by DKSH and granted by Friend of the Sea as being sustainable. “A milestone in Vietnamese fish farming” comments Thomas Schefer, Area Manager Seafood Europe for DKSH, “following the Friend of the Sea certification of our naturally grown Black Tiger shrimps from Vietnam”.

“We hope this will generate further changes and improvements in the Vietnamese pangasius production industry” adds Paolo Bray – Director of Friend of the Sea “audits can be very useful in leading companies toward a continuous improvement of their practices towards sustainability”.

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