Completing BAP standards for feed mill certification enables GAA to BAP certify the full aquaculture production chain. (Photo: Stock File/FIS)
BAP standards added for feed mills
Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 03:00 (GMT + 9)
Leading standards-setting organisation for farmed seafood Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has added a certification programme by completing Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standards for feed mill certification.
This addition expands BAP certification to span the full aquaculture production chain, from hatchery through processing plant. Feed manufacturers can now contact BAP Certification Management, formerly the Aquaculture Certification Council (ACC), to achieve BAP certification.
"In developing these new standards, GAA has not only addressed best practices for food safety within manufacturing plants, but also the sustainability of fishmeal supplies," said GAA President George Chamberlain.
For the BAP programme, feed mills must develop plans to avoid unsustainable sources of raw materials and shift to fishmeal and fish oil originating from responsibly managed fisheries. By 2015, at least 50 per cent of the fishmeal and fish oil generated from reduction fisheries and fishery by-products must be from approved certified sources.
For all aquaculture feeds, BAP-certified feed mills will have to indicate a feed fish inclusion factor (FFIF) on product labels, packaging or other documentation that quantifies marine ingredient content. This will enable farms to determine fish in:fish out ratios easily by multiplying the inclusion factors by their feed-conversion ratios.
These feed mill standards are the work of a technical committee chaired by President of the Fats and Proteins Research Foundation Dr Sergio Nates. Launched in 2007, the standards development process profited from a public review that entailed comments received from conservationists and aquaculture professionals both.
The standards were also modified following review and unanimous approval by the BAP Standards Oversight Committee.
"Development of the feed mill standards was a lengthy process that involved input from major ingredient suppliers, feed manufacturers, NGOs and other stakeholders," Nates commented.
"Once completed, however, we resolved some difficult issues, such as the transition to certified sustainable fishmeal sources and a transparent and audited system that allows farmers to determine fish in:fish out ratios," he declared.
The BAP standards and guidelines for feed mills address food safety and environmental and social responsibility. They share many points with the BAP standards for aquaculture farms and processing plants.
Mills must apply management practices that protect workers and workers’ rights, and process controls that adequately deal with ingredients and finished products to avoid potential environmental, health and food safety problems.
GAA published drafts of new BAP standards for the certification of aquaculture mills in September of last year.
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By Natalia Real