Fish processors qualify for code of practice –

Fish processors qualify for code of practice Published:  17 March, 2009

Steve Norton

Two big Grimsby fish processors, Albert Darnell and Kirwin Brothers, are celebrating after becoming the latest companies to achieve qualification for the new White Fish Code of Practice.

These firms will be receiving certificates, presented by the Yorkshire and Humber Seafood Group, the organisation that developed and produced the code at the instigation of Grimsby Fish Merchants Association Chief Executive Steve Norton.

Albert Darnell is owned by Mike Woods, who was recently appointed one of the new joint chairmen of the Grimsby FMA..Following the launch of the code a year ago, several processors in the region have embraced the opportunity to use it as a point of reference and demonstrate their high quality operational standards.

The Code has also been embraced by large companies as Huw Thomas, head of ethical and sustainable Sourcing at Cumbrian Seafoods, explained: ‘Our goal is to lead the market in terms of responsible and ethical sourcing of seafood. Accreditation against the Yorkshire and Humberside Whitefish Code of Practice by our suppliers represents an important step towards achieving this goal and we are pleased to support this initiative.”

Carl James, Project Manager of the Seafood Group said: “. These companies are among the first to have achieved this standard since the code was launched, and many more are at different stages of completion; this is great news for the seafood industry in our region.”

The Yorkshire and Humber Seafood Group aims to roll the code of practice out to processors in other areas of the country.