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Crawfish Added to BAP Programme; Chinese Processing Plant Certified

Rachel Ralte
17 February 2017, at 12:00am

CHINA - Please join the Global Aquaculture Alliances Best Aquaculture Practices division in welcoming the worlds first BAP-certified crawfish facility to the third-party certification programme, the organization announced in mid-February.

The Xuzhou Jinjiangfoodstuffs Co. Ltd. processing plant has attained BAP certification. Established in 2004 and located in Pizhou City, Jiangsu, China, the facility processes cooked crawfish tail meat and freezes it for export mainly to the United States. The crawfish is imported to the United States by Bernard’s Seafood Co. Ltd. of Mansura, Louisiana.

“The GAA is thrilled to partner with Bernard’s Seafood to help bring BAP certification to crawfish and to help the company source farmed seafood responsibly,” said Chris Keller, BAP director of market development in the Americas.

With the certification of Xuzhou Jinjiangfoodstuffs, there are now 14 types of farmed seafood represented in the BAP programme, in addition to aquaculture feed — Arctic charr, barramundi, channel catfish, crawfish, golden pompano, grouper, mussels, pangasius, rainbow trout, red snapper, salmon, shrimp, steelhead trout and tilapia.

Arctic charr was also just added to the BAP programme, with the certification of a processing plant in Iceland.

BAP is the world’s most comprehensive third-party certification programme, with standards encompassing environmental responsibility, social responsibility, food safety, animal health and welfare and traceability. Currently, there are more than 1,600 BAP-certified facilities worldwide.