Det Norske Veritas (DNV) was the company that gave the Global G.A.P. Certification to both farming sites that belong to Sealand Aquaculture. “Complying with this international standard is important to support the good practices that we are currently applying in our hatcheries. In turn, the standard involves having a rigorous internal follow-up of food safety, fish and workers’ welfare and the environment. The certification includes annual external audits and additional ones that are not announced,” said the company CEO, Oscar Gárate.

He stressed the fact that this is an important process for their salmon farming customers, Acuinova S.A., Blumar S.A. and Multiexport Foods S.A., as “it certifies that the set of good practices continues throughout the entire salmon farming process. This is a support for companies that produce in a responsible way, which makes the final purchaser feel confident”, Gárate said.

The executive also mentioned that an important part of this certification, in addition to all the efforts made by Sealand in terms of biosecurity and quality assurance, corresponded to the advice provided by Aquabench.

“Aquabench made the initial diagnosis of the Global G.A.P. status that we had and then designed a work plan to get certified. Aquabench also supported us directly in the development of the procedures and instructions required, staff training and pre-certification audits. All of this was successfully completed, because in the end we didn’t have any non-compliances in the certification audit, which is exceptional”, he explained.

Sealand

Sealand is a Chilean company, owned by the executives Oscar Gárate, Hans den Bieman and Fernando Ramos.
Currently the company has two farming sites in the Tenth Region for the production of Atlantic salmon smolt by means of recirculation processes, systems designed together with the company AKVA. The first hatchery started operating in 2009 and the second one in 2011, with a total annual production capacity of 12 million smolts.

Global G.A.P.

Global G.A.P. (www.globalgap.org) is a private institution that establishes voluntary standards for the certification of the production processes of agriculture and aquaculture products all over the world. Its standards are included in the Manual for Good Agricultural Practice (G.A.P.) In addition, the Global G.A.P. Standard for Aquaculture is a standard that has been recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
The Global G.A.P. certification is a leading worldwide standard, internationally recognized with over 93,000 certified producers in 85 countries and is available to all producers in the world. The program is controlled by more than 1,400 inspectors/auditors that belong to 130 certification organisms approved by Global G.A.P.

Source: aqua.cl



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