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New Benchmark for American Aquaculture

US - The American aquaculture industry has been given a new sustainability benchmark.

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has become the main aquaculture seafood's standards-setting organisation thanks to the creation of the Best Aquaculture Practices certification logo, set in partnership with the leading US distributor company Foodservice.

This is the second sustainable seafood certification for Foodservice reports Fishupdate.com. In April 2008, the company became the first food distributor of sustainable wild-caught seafood certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

US Foodservice has said it will begin to certify its source of Harbor Banks private label catfish to BAP standards immediately, followed by shrimp and then tilapia.

Jorge Hernandez, senior vice president for the company’s food safety and quality assurance said: "Our customers expect and demand the most environmentally responsible foods - the GAA certification of farm-raised seafood fills an important gap in seafood procurement processes and we are committed to continued partnership with the food industry."

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