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November 7, 2014

United States

Missouri—GAA’s Comments on Shrimp Mislabeling Issue

 

In light of a recent exposé claiming that 30% of shrimp in the USA marketplace is mislabeled, the Global Aquaculture Alliance is reiterating its commitment to traceability through its Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program.

 

All products, including shrimp, from BAP-certified processing plants and repacking plants are labeled properly according to species and country of origin, which is fully verified during an annual third-party audit.

 

For products to be labeled as BAP, they must remain in their original packaging from the processing plant.  Once product is removed from the packaging, it is no longer able to carry the BAP label.  For retailers and foodservice operators this provides assurance that shrimp in its original packaging from a BAP-certified processing plant and/or repacking plant has not been mixed and repackaged at the processing level.

 

BAP is the only third-party aquaculture certification scheme with a comprehensive program that addresses the entire production chain, including hatchery, feed mill, farm and processing.  At each facility, it also addresses the full range of issues, including environmental responsibility, social welfare, food safety, animal health and traceability.

 

The mislabeling concerns were published by the USA-based advocacy group Oceana on October 30, 2014.  Its report claimed through DNA testing that 30% of the 143 shrimp products tested from 111 restaurants and supermarkets nationwide were misrepresented.

 

Source: The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Website.  BAP Program Addresses Accuracy in Labeling at Processing Level.  Website Visit on November 7, 2014.

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