MSC cert for US broadline distributor

25 Jul 2012

Maines Paper & Food Service Inc. has earned Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody certification (CoC) - the first broadliner in the Northeastern US to do so.

Maines supplies fresh and frozen seafood to customers, including Cornell University, which, last week, became the first Ivy League university to receive MSC Chain of Custody certification.

Charles Feldman, vice president of corporate business development for Maines, said: "Maines is honored to be certified by the Marine Stewardship Council and recognises the importance of maintaining a sustainable source of seafood and working with manufacturers who participate in environmentally responsible fishing practices."

From its headquarters in New York, Maines serves customers from a dozen major distribution centres located in Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Maryland, Tennessee, Illinois and Texas. It has an annual turnover of approximately US$3bn.

The MSC CoC certification is a comprehensive traceability programme that traces seafood from the point of sale back to an MSC certified fishery. It ensures that MSC-labeled products are sourced from a fishery that is MSC-certified, and it protects buyers and the fishery from fraudulent labeling and risks from fisheries carrying products from illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing.

To obtain MSC CoC certification, wholesalers and distributors must pass an independent, third party audit that is conducted by an accredited certification body, and it must undergo annual audits to demonstrate it continues to meet the standard.

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