Fishmeal factory. (Photo Credit: Colin Smith)
Most fishmeal factories in the process of IFFO certification
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 02:40 (GMT + 9)
Overall 103 plants in 10 countries are now International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation (IFFO) RS certified -- 40 per cent of world combined fishmeal and fish oil production and 70 per cent of that produced by IFFO members, according to Francisco Aldon Head of Standards at the IFFO.
“More factories are in the process of certification,” he added, “and 16 fisheries have been approved as sources of responsible raw materials under the RS standard.”
Progress of the IFFO RS standard is under constant review and development by the Board, which consists of representatives of the value chain, such as fishmeal and oil producers, feed producers, fish farmers, traders, fish processors, retailers and environmental NGO’s.
Recently, the board discussed improvements to the governance of the RS standard critical to its ongoing credibility, including the addition of social and ethical clauses as well as pollution clauses.
Another key topic was the IFFO RS Improvers Programme (IP), which is progressing with the support of Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The IP's main objective is to help improve fishmeal and fish oil producers currently unable to meet the standard.
To keep up with the progress of the industry, ensure full traceability and strengthen the RS standard, the auditing process will now include the head offices of companies that own multiple sites where some are RS certified and some not, and third-party storage facilities that will need checks to ensure the IFFO RS certified material is kept separate from non-certified products.
The by-products (guts, trimmings, heads and tails) of 52 species often destined for human consumption have also been approved as raw material for fishmeal and fish oil under the RS standard.
Both the RS Standard and the RS CoC Standard have new logos and IFFO intends to develop a QR code for each certified unit so that buyers can verify certification independently.
The IFFO RS programme is also contributing information to 'standard maps' by organisations such as Seafish Network, which compare different seafood standards. These maps are a good way to demonstrate transparency and ensure that many fish products buyers and consumers see that IFFO members are working responsibly, the IFFO said.
By Natalia Real