Oysters and scallops first for BAP certification

Rushan Hope Well Foods Co Ltd is the first processor to be recognised for oysters and scallops Rushan Hope Well Foods Co Ltd is the first processor to be recognised for oysters and scallops

Oysters and scallops are the latest species to be represented in the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party aquaculture certification programme.

The Rushan Hope Well Foods Co Ltd processing plant in China has attained BAP certification, making it the first Global Aquaculture Alliance member of its kind, processing plant or farm, to earn the recognition.

The announcement was made during the China Fisheries & Seafood Expo in Qingdao, where during a brief ceremony, Liu Haijun, president of Rushan Hope Well Foods, accepted the BAP certificate from GAA CFO/COO Jeff Fort.

The processing plant is located in Rushan city, Shandong province, which is just east of Qingdao. Its oysters and scallops are processed and sold to retail and foodservice outlets in China and around the world.

In addition to aquaculture feed, there are now 17 types of farmed seafood represented in the BAP programme — Arctic char, barramundi, channel catfish, crawfish, golden pompano, hairy crab, mussels, oysters, pangasius, rainbow trout, salmon, sea bass, scallops, shrimp, steelhead trout, striped bass and tilapia.

Through the first three-quarters of 2017, there were a total of 1,737 BAP-certified facilities in 31 counties and six continents, including 392 processing plants, 1,072 farms, 173 hatcheries and 95 feed mills.

The BAP third-party aquaculture certification programme incorporates aquaculture standards that encompass environmental responsibility, social responsibility, food safety, animal health and welfare and traceability.

It’s the only programme to cover the entire aquaculture production chain to include processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills.

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