High value seafood supplier Culimer has achieved GLOBALG.A.P. certification for its black tiger shrimps. As one of the first suppliers with GLOBALG.A.P. certified vannamei shrimps since 2010, the company now also supplies certified shrimps for both of its shrimp species. Culimer is in anticipation of ASC certification for shrimps as soon as the ASC certification body is ready.
One year after introducing GLOBALG.A.P. certified white shrimps in the seafood industry, Culimer now also achieved GLOBALG.A.P. certification for its black tiger shrimps (Penaeus monodon). GLOBALG.A.P. (formerly known as EUREPG.A.P.) is the leading quality benchmark for Good Agricultural Practices (G.A.P.) in the global market place and has been implemented in aquaculture practices for six years. The standard is designed to assure consumers about how food is produced on the farm ensuring food safety, animal welfare, minimizing environmental impacts of farming operations and having a responsible approach to worker health and safety.
Communication manager of Culimer B.V. Maarten van Geest says: “We are proud to supply two GLOBALG.A.P. certified shrimp species and are waiting for the new ASC sustainability certification for shrimps to be launched.”
ASC will be the world’s new leading consumer certification and labeling programme and is seen as the MSC certification of aquaculture products. This will be a global organization working with aquaculture producers, seafood processors, retail and foodservice companies, scientists, conservation groups and the public to promote the best environmental and social choice in seafood.
Until ASC is being launched GLOBALG.A.P. is recognized as a business-to-business sustainability certification. The ASC shrimp certification is still in its development phase and will not be ready before 2012.