THE IFFO welcomed the joint ASC/GAA/GobalGAP announcement on common requirements for the sourcing of fish meal and fish oil (FMFO) for farmed fish diets. This move to harmonise feed requirements between certification schemes is another step in helping aquaculture buyers seek responsibly sourced products.
In the official joint statement by the three standard setting organisations, they state that by setting common criteria ''This will better promote the responsible sourcing of FMFO, for the benefit of the environment and the future sustainability of the fisheries and other FMFO-sources utilized by the aqua feed and livestock feed sectors.''
The following chart taken from the joint statement summarises the current FMFO sourcing requirements of the three parties. It identifies the crosscutting elements that are covered in all 3 programmes and from which feed manufacturers can choose to expand in order to meet one or more of these programmes.
The chart below demonstrates the important role that IFFO's Responsible Supply certification standard (IFFO RS) continues to play in all three certification schemes. As an independently assessed and ISO65 accredited scheme recognised by all three standard setters, IFFO RS is a vital tool in improving sustainability of marine ingredients. IFFO RS is a business-to business certification programme that assures the animal feed, food and nutraceutical value chains that these key ingredients are both responsibly produced and enables a compliant factory to demonstrate this.
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