Tuna loins. (Photo: Rainbow/FOS)
Friend of the Sea's presence continues to grow
Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 21:40 (GMT + 9)
Rainbow Foods (Pvt) Ltd have passed a traceability audit for yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) and black marlin (Makaira indica). Rainbow Foods (Pvt) Ltd is part of the Rainbow Group which consists of Rainbow Enterprises and Rainbow Engineering & Supplies.
Rainbow Foods use traditional Sri Lankan fishing vessels which are licensed to operate in FAO 51 fishing areas and export according to both EU & BRC global standards. They also maintain all records from vessels until the products reach the buyer, with the aim of assuring both their suppliers and end consumers.
Mr Mano J De Silva, Rainbow’s Managing Director states, “By gaining Friend of the Sea’s certification for traceability we can demonstrate to our customers the quality of our products and their sustainable origins. We are also happy to have a local Friend of the Sea monitor as a point of contact, this has definitely enhanced our collaboration.”
Friend of the Sea is the only certification scheme which actively verifies the Chain of Custody of approved suppliers using its International Monitoring Program.
Paolo Bray, Executive Director of Friend of the Sea explains that “Friend of the Sea has a local monitor based in Sri Lanka which regularly spot check harbors, vessels, production lines and warehouses. This guarantees retailers and consumers that Rainbow’s yellowfin tuna and marlin are not mixed with other origins and derive from environmentally friendly fishing fleets.”