The IAFI seeks to clarify the standards for certification of fish products. (Photo: International Association of Seafood Professionals)
International seafood group to establish independent standards committee
Friday, April 29, 2011, 15:20 (GMT + 9)
The International Association of Seafood Professionals (IAFI) has announced its intent to establish an independent Seafood Standards Equivalence Committee to benefit seafood industry stakeholders worldwide.
“This initiative which would cover fishery, aquaculture and supply chain standards will create a balance of clarity and expertise to the formal review of seafood certification standards and remove the confusion caused by a proliferation of reports which have ‘muddied the waters,’” said Professor Mike Dillon, president of IAFI.
IAFI has created a working group that will report on the stakeholder feedback, the proposed equivalency process and the feasibility of the Committee at the IAFI World Seafood Congress in Washington, DC, this coming October.
The IAFI congress is being hosted by the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) and is backed by the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).
“We will now be seeking and collecting opinions and inputs from all interested parties before the final report is collated and presented in October. The IAFI outreach will commence at the Brussels European Seafood Exposition (ESE),” Dillon informed.
|Professor Mike Dillon. (Photo: IAFI)
Under IAFI’s proposal, this initiative would comprise a collaboration between some of the world's leading seafood standards and management experts from fishery and aquaculture, NGO, certification, accreditation and standards conformity, retail, manufacturer and foodservice companies, plus service providers associated with the seafood supply chain.
With a seat at Codex, IAFI touts itself as a reputable organisation serving the international fish inspection, research, regulation, education and supply chain community.
According to its Charter, IAFI’s objective is to encourage the exchange of ideas and information, promote interaction, understanding and professional collaboration among individuals, groups and governments, to circulate knowledge about fish, seafood and related products on inspection, and to endorse progress of the state-of-the-art in fish inspection research and education.
By Natalia Real