Please join the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices division in welcoming the world’s first BAP-certified crawfish facility to the third-party certification program, the organization announced in mid-February.
The Xuzhou Jinjiangfoodstuffs Co. Ltd. processing plant has attained BAP certification. Established in 2004 and located in Pizhou City, Jiangsu, China, the facility processes cooked crawfish tail meat and freezes it for export mainly to the United States. The crawfish is imported to the United States by Bernard’s Seafood Co. Ltd. of Mansura, Louisiana.
“The GAA is thrilled to partner with Bernard’s Seafood to help bring BAP certification to crawfish and to help the company source farmed seafood responsibly,” said Chris Keller, BAP director of market development in the Americas.
With the certification of Xuzhou Jinjiangfoodstuffs, there are now 14 types of farmed seafood represented in the BAP program, in addition to aquaculture feed — Arctic charr, barramundi, channel catfish, crawfish, golden pompano, grouper, mussels, pangasius, rainbow trout, red snapper, salmon, shrimp, steelhead trout and tilapia.
Arctic charr was also just added to the BAP program, with the certification of a processing plant in Iceland.
BAP is the world’s most comprehensive third-party certification program, with standards encompassing environmental responsibility, social responsibility, food safety, animal health and welfare and traceability. Currently, there are more than 1,600 BAP-certified facilities worldwide.
A division of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, Best Aquaculture Practices is an international certification program based on achievable, science-based and continuously improved performance standards for the entire aquaculture supply chain — farms, hatcheries, processing plants and feed mills — that assure healthful foods produced through environmentally and socially responsible means. BAP certification is based on independent audits that evaluate compliance with the BAP standards developed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance.