Camanchaca salmon procesing plant that was granted BAP certification. (Photo: Camanchaca/FIS)
Camanchaca obtains BAP certification for salmon plant and farm
Thursday, August 02, 2012, 00:10 (GMT + 9)
Camanchaca SA became the second largest salmon producer in the world, and the first one in the southern hemisphere in getting two stars for the certification of Aquaculture Best Management Practices (BAPs) of the Global Alliance for Aquaculture (GAA).
BAP standard ensures that salmon production is carried out in an environmentally and socially responsible way and that the resultant product is safe for human consumption.
This certification measures the following specific variables:
- Social responsibility;
- Animal welfare;
- Food security;
- Product traceability, from a comprehensive viewpoint.
Obtaining two stars means that the processing plant in Tomé, in Region VIII, and the farming centres at sea from where Atlantic salmon is being harvested have been certified.
The BAP standard also provides quantitative guidelines to assess adherence to each of the practices.
A committee composed of people from different countries and entities -- international supermarket chains, regional environmental organizations and universities, among others -- ensures the implementation of the criteria.
According to company reports, the certification of Salmones Camanchaca began to take place in March 2012 with the centre Puelche.
"It was consolidated with the award of this standard from July, in Chonos, Licha and Mañihueico centres, and from August in Contao, Edwards Bay and Punta Islotes centres, all of them located in southern Chile, as part of a plan to have all the farming centres certified by the end of the year," Camanchaca stated.
Last February, companies Mainstream Chile and Trusal SA were granted BAP certification.
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By Analia Murias