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July 5, 2015

The Netherlands

ASC Developing Responsible Feed Standard


The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has started the first round of public comment on its Responsible Feed Standard, which will be open for comment until September 11, 2015.  During the public comment period, stakeholders are invited to review and comment on the initial draft of the standard and its requirements.


The ASC is committed to the guidelines laid out by the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Social, Environment, Accreditation and Labeling Alliance (ISEAL) standard setting code.  In line with their requirements this standard is being developed by a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee and through expert input from four technical working groups.


Michiel Fransen, Secretary for the Responsible Feed Project, said: “This is the first opportunity for stakeholders to offer their expertise and help decide the final content of the ASC Feed Standard.  We began working on the ASC Feed Standard at the end of October 2013.  Over the last 18 months a diverse group of experts has helped shape the content of this initial draft of the standard.  This review is important to thoroughly test and challenge the draft before we move forward, as well as consider the key issues on which the Steering Committee is particularly seeking feedback.”


Anyone can view the draft Responsible Feed Standard and share their expertise and experience through the consultation.  In addition to the online consultation, four outreach workshops will be organized to present the draft standard and gather feedback.  The workshops will be held in Guangzhou (China), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Bangkok (Thailand) and Santiago (Chile).


Information: Michiel Fransen, Aquaculture Stewardship Council (email


Source:  Feed Consultation Launched.  July 1, 2015.

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