A guide to seafood standards

    In recent years, there has been a strong movement to encourage seafood suppliers to demonstrate responsible sourcing through certification standards. Certification can be a very valid means of adding confidence to purchase (both for consumers and industry) although the proliferation of schemes - with its plethora of certifiers and associated labels - can also lead to confusion.

    Certification standards can deal with environment, social, food safety and animal welfare considerations, and there are separate standards for wild capture seafood and fish farming. They provide a means of measuring performance against a set criteria, although as yet there is no statutory requirement for equivalence and each covers slightly different criteria. There is some overlap, but ultimately each standard is seeking a different competitive edge.

    The purpose of this Guide is to provide an understanding of how different standards compare. This is not a benchmarking exercise. We indicate what criteria are covered and complied with; the auditing process used and who owns and implements each standard.

    It should be made clear that this Guide does not provide a critique and does not benchmark. Rather it is a means to compare and contrast different seafood certification standards, with clear signposting to further sources of information.

    We hope you find it useful.

    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.



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