US company signs China seafood deal Published: 09 March, 2007
Keith Meeks and Min Han sign the agreement.
GLOBAL Food Technologies, Inc, a US-based biotech company focusing on food safety, has announced the signing of an exclusive representative contract with Min Han, CEO of the China Seafood Certification Institute (“CSCI”).
The announcement was made yesterday at the Food Safety and Security Summit in Washington, DC. The ten-year exclusive agency contract calls for minimum performance standards which include over 1 billion pounds of seafood products processed by GFT’s iPura food safety system by the end of 2009, and over 8 billion pounds by the end of 2012.
“This agreement has developed after several months of due diligence with formal meetings and detailed discussions in China and in the U.S. GFT is pleased to contract with such an influential leader and accomplished agency. We believe this is the beginning of a long and lasting partnership. This contract benefits all parties,” stated Keith Meeks, President of Global Food Technologies.
Min Han, CEO of CSCI, commented: “China is committed to food safety for our seafood exports and for China’s domestic market. High quality and safe seafood is a top priority for our country. This association with GFT will be very good for our seafood industry and very good for consumers. . .China produces over thirty percent of the world’s seafood and it is our mission to market the cleanest and safest products in the world.”
The China Seafood Certification Institute was formerly a Chinese governmental agency which certifies HACCP and ISO standards.
Global Food Technologies has created what it calls “an environmentally friendly, post lethality, non-thermal, organic ‘Clean Step’ that eliminates pathogens and dramatically extends the shelf life of seafood without affecting the taste, texture, colour or nutritional value of the product”. The end product is being marketed under the iPura label as “The Highest Standard in Food Safety”.