First GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Certifications in Australia, Greece11 December 2012
AUSTRALIA and GREECE - GLOBALG.A.P. has welcomed two new producers leading the way in Australia and Greece to its aquaculture certifications.
Australia: Huon Aquaculture
Huon Aquaculture became the first salmon producer in Australia to achieve GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Certification.
Frances Bender, joint owner and Director of Huon, said, “We believe we produce the world’s most loved salmon and this accreditation is an endorsement of our world-leading salmon farming practices.”
Established in 1986 by its current owners, Peter and Frances Bender, Huon Aquaculture is the largest privately owned salmon farming business in Australia. The company employs more than 400 people across five states (Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland), and in 2013, is expected to produce more than 13,000 tons of salmon. Huon was recently awarded 2012 Tasmanian Exporter of the Year.
GLOBALG.A.P. not only audits Huon’s operations but also those of companies that supply to them, which means that there is a rigorous and thorough understanding of the entire process of farming and growing salmon.
The independent auditor, Paul MacIntyre from Food Certification International who was flown in especially from the United Kingdom, undertook an audit of Huon’s operations in early November assessing each of their six operational sites around Tasmania against 249 compliance criteria.
“We wanted to reduce the need for our retailers and manufacturers to carry out their own audits and that it is a standard they know and trust. This is especially important in our key export markets," Frances Bender, joint owner and director of Huon, said.
“We feel it is important to challenge ourselves and have the internal discipline to meet the very high standards set by GLOBALG.A.P.”
“GLOBALG.A.P. is not a marketing partnership – this is an independent third party who reviews not just salmon but all agricultural products in 100 countries around the world assessing our operations and finding that a Tasmanian company, Huon Aquaculture, is world leading.”
Visit their website and learn about their products and the Huon Method: www.huonaqua.com.au.
Greece: NIREUS Aquaculture S.A.
NIREUS Aquaculture S.A., the largest producer of Mediterranean fish, has introduced GLOBALG.A.P. certified sea bass and sea bream to its product range, becoming the first sea bass and sea bream farmer in Greece to achieve GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Certification
With production facilities in 3 countries (Greece, Spain & Turkey), the Group maintains a top ranking position in all of its business: market-size fish, juveniles, fish feed. The Group owns and operates fish farms, hatcheries, pre-fattening units, an R&D center, a genetics center, packaging plants, a fish processing plant, fish feed factories, a company producing fish farming equipment and a company selling genetic material, equipment, nutrition and health products to aviculture and animal culture. The Group is export oriented and ranks No. 1 in total exports within the Greek food industry.
NIREUS follows principles of social responsibility and sustainability and has received the Management Award for Sustainable Development.
Nireus successfully completed the GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Certification audit for its biggest production site located in western Greece with an annual production of 8,500 tons of whole round sea bass and sea bream.
Visit their website more information on the company: www.nireus.com
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