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August 1, 2013

Belize

Belize Aquaculture, Ltd., Gets Three BAP Stars

 

On July 26, 2013, Belize Aquaculture, Ltd., became the first shrimp company in Belize and the second in Central America to received three stars—one each for its hatchery, farm and processing plant—from the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) BAP certification program.

 

Founded in 1996, Belize Aquaculture produced 4.5 million pounds of Pacific white shrimp in 2012 and is on target to produce 10 millions pounds in 2014 from 68, four-acre ponds.  The company is also part of the British Retail Consortium (BRC), a trade association representing a wide range of retailers, and it operates a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) processing plant.

 

It sells a variety of fresh, frozen and cooked shrimp products to retail and foodservice customers in Asia, Europe, the United States and Central America.

 

“The three-star certification is a recognition of our company’s consistent efforts to innovate and improve the quality of our products and the sustainability of our practices,” said David Fleming, director of Belize Aquaculture. “As a company, we are confident that our buyers and customers will acknowledge the value of this certificate and our commitment toward quality, environment and social development.”

 

Best Aquaculture Practices is an international certification program based on achievable, science-based and continuously improved performance standards for the entire aquaculture supply chain—farms, hatcheries, processing plants and feed mills—that assure healthful foods produced through environmentally and socially responsible means.  BAP certification is based on independent audits that evaluate compliance with the BAP standards developed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance.

 

Information: David Fleming, Belize Aquaculture, Ltd., Mile 4 Placencia Road, Stann Creek District, Belize, Central America (phone 501 521-2100, email info@balshrimp.com, webpage http://www.balshrimp.com).

 

Source: The Global Aquaculture Alliance.  News Release.  Steven Hedlund, Communications Manager (phone 1-207-831-0196, email steven.hedlund@gaalliance.org).  Belize Aquaculture Approved to Offer Three-Star Shrimp.  August 1, 2013.

 

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