Epax has been the first Omega-3 processor to be awarded the Friend of the Sea sustainability certification five years ago.
The fish oil at the base of the whole product line is sourced from anchovies fished in the South East Pacific Ocean (FAO Area 87) only by approved Friend of the Sea purse seine fleets. The fishery is managed according to Friend of the Sea sustainable criteria, with highly selective fishing methods and from stocks that are neither overfished nor overexploited.
A full traceability system is in place throughout the supply chain, from the fisheries to manufacturing facility and the finished product.
“The Friend of the Sea certification is very important to us because it acknowledges our commitment to sustainable fishing practices and our sense of responsibility concerning natural resources”, explains Thomas Gulbrandsen, Sales Director of Epax. “There is an increasingly strong demand for sustainable and traceable production by environmentally aware consumers and we wish to fully enable brand owners to respond to this by using our ingredients.”
“This certification confirms Friend of the Sea eco label presence in the Omega-3 market and its acceptance as standard of sustainability for the Omega-3 industry”, adds Mr. Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea.
Epax is a leading global supplier of premium omega-3 concentrates. The company offers a wide range of highest quality EPA/DHA Omega-3 ingredients in the nutraceutical and pharmaceutical segments. Leading consumer brands globally rely on the Epax condition-specific omega-3 concentrates for their products. In the supplement industry, Epax is known for its value commitment Purity, Quality Innovation and responsible practices. Delivering on this platform is how Epax continues to contribute to building trustworthy brands in the marketplace. Epax is part of FMC Corporation.
Friend of the Sea
Friend of the Sea is an international certification program for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Over 350 companies in more than 50 countries have relied on Friend of the Sea to assess the sustainability of their seafood origins. Audits, based on best and most updated available scientific data, are run by accredited independent certification bodies.