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New certification standards for Tilapia and Pangasius

GLOBALGAP added new certification standards for Tilapia and Pangasius to its Aquaculture Standard.

GLOBALGAP Aquaculture standards cover not only good aquaculture practices on the farm, but enables the farmer to provide evidence that feed and seedlings entering the farm activities are also GLOBALGAP recognized. Within this certification system, full segregation and traceabiliy of certified products can be checked with our supporting Chain of Custody certification.

GLOBALGAP Tilapia and Pangasius draft standards were available for two public stakeholder consultations, each period of 60 days. Feedback from all over the world together with trial audits of the draft standards, supports applicability and audit-ability of the criteria. Trial audits were performed in Vietnam, China, USA, Costa Rica and Colombia by GLOBALGAP approved Certification Bodies for the Aquaculture scope.

Pangasius Standard development started in the main producing country: Vietnam. Supported by German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), the working group presented a first draft proposal to GLOBALGAP. The draft Standard was subject to trial audits on six farms and stakeholder consultation. After a second round of stakeholder consultation and further trials, the Standard is now ready for certification.

GLOBALGAP has participated in a comparison project of aquaculture standards on the field, coordinated by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. This exercise has provided the opportunity to test out the draft Standard in different production systems (pond based, cage, closed recirculation and raceway systems). With the completion of the project and an open stakeholder consultation period, GLOBALGAP Tilapia Standard is now ready for certification.

Revision of feed standard
GLOBALGAP is also undertaking a revision of the current criteria of its Compound Feed Standard. Together with an open stakeholder consultation and field trials in different continents, the GLOBALGAP Feed Standard is expected to be ready for certification by Second Half of 2009. This will cover aquaculture farm requirements of feed sourced into their operations.

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