Traceability from ‘ocean to plate’ is of paramount importance in ensuring regulatory compliance, product integrity and consumer safety. We have implemented systems to ensure our wild caught fish are traceable back to individual fishing vessels, the specific catch area (as defined by the UN FAO) and for some species, the day of catch.
Sourcing and Trading
Pioneering Full Traceability
In 2005 we set out to reinforce the robustness of our product traceability management system for fish that we purchase in large supplies. We pioneered a fully computerised inventory control system on our pollock supply chain, a species which makes up a significant portion of our business. We named it LOCAD (Labeling of Catch Dates), backed by a sophisticated barcode model and enterprise resource planning (ERP) system along the value chain, it begins at the vessel and tracks products at every step of the production process. It enables us to work closely with our suppliers to verify that catch is within legal quota allocations, it provides an added precaution against IUU raw materials from entering into our supply chain and further enhances quality control by recording the day of catch.
In the US, we are a recognised leader in the promotion and application of the BAP and have set rigorous goals to ensure that our cultivated shrimp supply is certified as BAP at the processor, farm, hatchery and feed mill level.
Achieving Chain of Custody Certification requires us to have in place a number of rigorous processes to ensure we have complete control over the origin, transportation and processing of our products. We provide an example here of what an MSC Chain of Custody* process looks like.