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How Are Seafood Processing Plants Evaluated?

food distribution chicagoGetting seafood from the ocean to the plate involves a number of different steps.  Arguably the most important, from a quality perspective, is what happens to the seafood right after it is caught. What happens to it at the processing plant? How are these processes standardized and evaluated? 

Food chain distributors need a reliable system that monitors the activities of processing plants across the world to ensure end-point satisfaction.  That means they need to stay up-to-date with national and international agencies that ensure safety and quality standards are met in seafood processing plants. 

Option 1: The BAP Certification 

food distribution chicagoBest Aquaculture Practices Certification is arguable the most important insignia of quality that distributors should look for.  The BAP is an American organization that charges facilities an evaluation fee to assess their operating standards.  They have developed standards and guidelines for all major types of fish farming and processing that facilities need to meet if they are to become certified. 

The BAP have awarded facilities all across the world with the stamp of excellence, and continue to expand their reach.  Just recently the world’s largest producer of salmon received a BAP-certification.  The facility, operated by the Marine Harvest Group, processes over 90,600 metric tons of salmon each year and employs 3,700 people. Getting the BAP stamp means that this facility will most likely lead to an expansion on operations within two years.  This is realistic because of the BAP Marketplace. 

BAP Marketplace 

food distribution chicagoThe BAP Marketplace is a service that connects BAP-certified processing plants with foodservice companies worldwide.  Clients include Kroger, BJ’s, Disney, and hundreds more.  The benefit of this network is clear for distributors: they can rest assured that any seafood plant with a BAP certification will have consistently excellent produce. 

Option 2: Bureau Veritas 

The Bureau Veritas is an international body that was created to test, inspect, and certify the operations procedures of businesses in a wide variety of industries.  They offer a number of different certifications in the seafood services industry.           

food distribution chicagoOne of these certifications is the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Certification, which is geared towards ensuring sustainable practices around local fishing communities and the wellbeing of the animal species themselves.  There has been a number of cases of overfishing in communities that has lead to mass local unemployment and the extinction of the fish in the local ecosystem.  Fishing companies that have an ASC certification are making a public statement that they follow sustainable practices in all forms of their operation. 

Food distribution Chicago need to pay close attention to the types of certification their suppliers have because consumers respond better to companies that comply with international standards. 


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