Dutch Smit & zoon achieves Friend of the Sea certification for Omega–3
Smit & zoon – Dutch company specialized in processing of Omega – 3 fish oils – has recently obtained Friend of the Sea certification for Omega – 3 products originating from not overexploited and sustainably fished and managed stocks of a variety of species, including anchovies, chub, mackerel, salmon and sardines.
Smit & zoon’s Omega – 3 functional oils are sourced from fresh fish caught by Friend of the Sea approved fleets.
An efficient traceability system is also in place to ensure the compliance with all certification requirements. In addition to assigning a unique identification number to each product, Smit & zoon also provides a detailed information on its origin.
“Smit & zoon has implemented policies that respect the environment and promote sustainable development,” says Jeroen van der Pol, General Manager, Functional Oils at Smit & zoon. “We are particularly proud of the Friend of the Sea certification, as it provides an international third party confirmation of our full engagement to sustainability.”
Smit & zoon
Founded in 1821, Smit & zoon is a Dutch, family owned business specialized in functional fish oils, with headquarters in Weesp, Netherlands. Originally, the company traded in dried codfish, salted herring and medicinal cod liver oil. These days, Smit & zoon has expanded its variety of products, including Omega – 3 fish oils, which are exported worldwide.
Friend of the Sea
Friend of the Sea is an international certification program for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Over 500 companies in more than 50 countries have relied on Friend of the Sea to assess the sustainable origin of their seafood. Audits, based on the best and the most updated available scientific data, are run by accredited independent certification bodies. Recently the program has expanded to the certification of sustainable shipping, ornamental fish and whale watching operators.