HQ Sustainable Maritime Products certified "organic" – Fishupdate.com

HQ Sustainable Maritime Products certified “organic” Published:  21 January, 2008

HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries, Inc., a leader in toxin-free integrated aquaculture and aquatic product processing with operations in the Island Province of Hainan, PRC, has announced that the company’s products have been certified “organic” by Chinese authorities.

The company received the certification attesting to the organic standards for its tilapia production, processing, labelling, marketing and management system. Certification came after an initial annual audit conducted by Beijing Continental Hengtong Certification Co., Ltd (CHTC), a certifier authorised by The China National Accreditation Service for Conformity (CNAS) and the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the PRC (CNCA).

Organic standards used in China, adopted in 2005, are the National Standards of PRC issued by The State General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, Standardisation Administration of China. China participates with various International bodies to harmonise the meaning of organic food standards. These standards include those developed by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (“IFOAM”) and relevant sections of the Codex Alimentarius. IFOAM is governed by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Chinese organic standards improve on standards in other parts of the world because they require a ‘management system’ that addresses product management by producers, processors and handlers. Chinese organic standards use principles and methods taken from ISO 9001-2000 – Quality Management System. Standards are established for file and record management, resources management, internal inspection, audit trails (complete traceability), and continuous improvement.

China’s organic certification assures:

– Use of at least 95% organic feeds;

– Fish grow-out through unique all-natural polyculture and other natural methods avoiding chemicals (anti-biotics, hormones, and anti-parasite chemicals such as malachite green) in the grow-out;

– Absence of fish meal in feed, reducing pressure on oceans;

– Feed sourced from locally grown organic crops that are 100% free of genetically modified organisms (“gmo-free”);

– Fish are raised in water that is certified as organic by avoiding constantly flowing water with potential uncontrolled contaminants; and

– Lower grow-out densities and better transportation and processing methods that assure more humane treatment of live tilapia.

www.fishupdate.com is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.