First IFFO certification awarded

The first certification under the IFFO Global Standard for Responsible Supply of fish meal and fish oil has been awarded to Peruvian TASA. BioMar has been involved in the development of the new certification.

Tecnológica de Alimentos S.A. (TASA) of Peru is the first fish meal and fish oil producer to achieve certification under the new IFFO Global Standard for Responsible Supply (RS). The certification has been awarded to the Callao Norte plant of TASA, the world’s largest fishmeal producer.

IFFO has been developing its RS Standard since early 2008 with the help of a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), comprising representatives from the whole aquaculture value chain, including fish farmers, feed producers and retailers, and also NGOs. This business-to-business, independently-audited programme will enable IFFO members to demonstrate to their customers that they are offering pure marine ingredients manufactured from responsibly sourced and traceable raw materials. Whole fish used must come from fisheries managed under the key elements of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.

BioMar has been involved in the establishment of the new certification through the participation of Executive Vice-President Niels Alsted in the TAC, where he represented the major fish feed producers.

Niels Alsted comments on the plans of BioMar with respect to the new certification: - It is the intent of BioMar to cover our needs for fish meal and fish oil from IFFO certified suppliers as soon as this becomes practically feasible. However, the exact timing is difficult to predict right now. It is also very important to notice that already at this point in time, even if our suppliers have not yet gone through the certification process, we have through our own audits selected suppliers, who are operating in a responsible manner.

IFFO reports, that since October 2009 when they launched the programme, applications have been received from 15 manufacturing companies in four major producing countries, sourcing from 10 fisheries. They anticipate that up to one third of global production could be certified by the end of 2010.

For more information on the certification please visit www.iffo.net.