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July 9, 2013

Thailand

Narong Seafood Retains Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Certification

 

On June 6, 2013, Warehouse Workers United (WWU) and the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) released a document citing serious violations of Thai law and international human rights standards at Narong Seafood, a shrimp processing company and longtime Walmart shrimp supplier that’s certified by the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA).

 

GAA is an international, non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing environmentally and socially responsible aquaculture.  Through the development of its Best Aquaculture Practices certification standards, GAA has become the leading standards-setting organization for aquaculture seafood.

 

GAA immediately responded with a statement saying that Narong Seafood would be required to respond to all accusations in the report and that a corrective course of action would ensure that the facility was audited effectively.

 

On July 8, 2013, The Global Aquaculture Alliance, released the following statement:

 

“GAA has carried out an unannounced audit at the Narong Seafood Co., Ltd., shrimp processing plant in Samutsakorn, Thailand.  As a result of the audit, the organization recommends that the plant maintain its Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification.

 

The BAP third-party certification program has a rigorous grievances procedure in place.  Allegations of non-compliance can trigger an unannounced audit after an annual audit is conducted.

 

Two auditors were dispatched to inspect the Narong Seafood plant between Friday, June 14 and 17, 2013.  During daytime and nighttime hours, the auditors interviewed dozens of employees to attain first-hand knowledge of the working conditions, checked the company’s records back to January 2012 and gathered more than 300 pages of objective evidence.

 

After more than 30 hours at the plant, the auditors found no evidence at the time of the audit substantiating the severe allegations cited in the June 6, 2013, report by Warehouse Workers United and the International Labor Rights Forum.”

 

Source: Global Aquaculture Alliance.  Press Release.  GAA Takes Action Following Labor Allegations at Narong Seafood.  Steven Hedlund (phone 1-207-517-2191, email steven.hedlund@gaalliance.org, webpage http://www.gaalliance.org).  July 8, 2013.

 

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