100th factory signs up to IFFO
IFFO (the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation) has just gained the 100th factory to be certified to its Global Standard for Responsible Supply (IFFO RS).
The Corral factory, operated by Blumar, is located in the south of Chile. The CEO of Blumar, Gerardo Balbontin, recently received the factory’s certificate from IFFO’s operations director, Jorge Mora, to mark the special occasion.
This news adds strength to the figure quoted earlier in the year by IFFO that over 60% of the products produced by its members are now certified to its independent Global Standard for Responsible Supply for Fishmeal and Fish Oil. Placed in a wider industry context, this represents a third of the world’s fishmeal and fish oil production.
The RS standard ensures the responsible raw material sourcing, safe production and supply of marine ingredients used for agriculture, aquaculture and consumer products.
Mr Balbontin said, “We have worked hard towards achieving this recognition and we are delighted to be the 100th IFFO assured factory to gain the RS Certification. Compliance is extremely important to us and to our value-chain partners.”
Andrew Jackson, technical director at IFFO said, “This is an achievement not only for Blumar but the fishmeal and fish oil industry as a whole. Our members are keen to prove that they undertake responsible practices and IFFO’s scheme is designed to provide them with a tangible framework to adopt within their business. Reaching the 100th certification mark is truly remarkable over a timescale of less than three years since IFFO launched the standard.’