Milan/Brussels: Friend of the Sea – FOS – and GLOBALG.A.P. announce a collaboration that offers consumer labelling for more than two million tonnes of aquaculture products.
GLOBALG.A.P. certified aquaculture farms will only need to be assessed against a few additional sustainability criteria to become eligible to use the international consumer sustainability FOS label for aquaculture. This recognition reduces duplication of farm audits considerably. In return, FOS certified farms are able to add the GLOBALG.A.P. audit with the next annual re-certification audit.
Consumers will be able to recognize seafood products covered by the collaboration as they carry the FOS label and the claim: “Responsibly farmed” with a GLOBALG.A.P. farm number: “GGN 1234567891092”.
Friend of the Sea and GLOBALG.A.P. will be participating in the Seafood Expo Global 2014, in Brussels. A News Conference, scheduled on 7th May, will highlight their partnership. Don’t miss Mr. Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea, speak on “Friend of the Sea Aquaculture Label Uses GLOBALG.A.P. Certification”.
GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Standards have been operational for over 10 years as part of a global food certification system for agricultural products. Its standards cover food safety, environmental, social, and animal welfare requirements for feed, hatchery, and farming operations. It operates as a business to business program with a consumer facing traceability code. GLOBALG.A.P. also operates a benchmarking system with more than 20 national and international standards recognized as equivalent.
About Friend of the Sea
Friend of the Sea is an international non-profit certification scheme for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Certified products are fished from not overexploited or IUCN Red-listed stocks and with selective methods which do not impact the seabed. Those originate from aquaculture are reared with respect of critical habitat, with no use of anti-foulants, GMOs and growth hormones. Over 350 companies in more than 50 countries have relied on Friend of the Sea to assess the sustainability of their seafood origins. Audits are run on site by accredited independent certification bodies, and they are based on best and most updated available scientific data. www.friendofthesea.org