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Thursday, July 10, 2014

10/07/2014: IFFO RS makes its presence felt in Asia for the first time

The growing demand for responsibly produced fishmeal and fish oil, for use in both animal feed and human food, is increasing the number of factories certified to the global standard developed under the auspices of IFFO (IFFO RS). 

Already there are over 100 factories certified to the standard and a number of companies certified under the related Chain of Custody standard. Now for the first time there are two companies in Asia which have been certified under the IFFO RS Chain of Custody standard, demonstrating that they source approved RS fishmeal and fish oil from factories meeting this demanding standard, by using approved raw materials and manufacturing to the best industry practices.

CP Foods of Thailand has been awarded the IFFO RS Chain of Custody standard and are currently sourcing IFFO RS approved products from the Southeast Asian Packaging & Canning Ltd (SEAPAC) factory which is the first Asian factory to be audited and compliant against the RS standard for its fishmeal and fish oil derived from tuna by-products. 

This is what is hoped will be the first of a number of factories which in future will be able to supply CP with RS approved feed ingredients. 

CP and IFFO are also working closely with a number of interested parties in Thailand, India and Vietnam to improve the management of the fisheries so that in future it might prove possible to use some of them as raw materials for further IFFO RS certified products.

Zhonghai Ocean Science & Technology Co. Ltd. of China has also been awarded IFFO RS Chain of Custody certification, which covers the certified material that they are currently importing from South America and Europe.  It uses these in the production of added-value marine ingredients, including purified protein products and concentrated EPA and DHA nutraceutical fish oils.

Both these leading Asian companies have seen the advantages to demonstrating their commitment to responsible practices in the marine ingredient industry by adopting the IFFO RS standard.

Information about IFFO RS
The RS standard was developed by a multi-stakeholder group including producers, feed manufactures, fish processors, retailers and environmental NGO’s. Currently there are over 100 factories certified to the standard producing around 40% of the world’s production of fishmeal and fish oil. A factory must be able to demonstrate the use of industry leading quality management systems to control production and full traceability. All RS products must have been produced from whole-fish that came from fisheries that were managed according to the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing or by-products which are demonstrably not from illegal, unreported or unregulated fish. For more information visit the IFFO RS Website - http://www.iffo.net/iffo-rs  

 
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