White Fish code receives FSA backing – Fishupdate.com

White Fish code receives FSA backing Published:  28 May, 2013

FMA chief executive Steve Norton

A  groundbreaking code of practice for white fish processors, devised by the Grimsby Fish Merchants Association, has now won the backing of the Food Standards Agency.

It was just over five years ago that the code, which was the brainchild of Grimsby FMA chief executive Steve Norton, was launched by the now defunct Yorkshire and Humber Seafood Group. It set out best practice at every stage of processing and the intention was that it should eventually spread out across the country.

That aim has been achieved with endorsement by the FSA. Now the code has been published in the form of a 64 page booklet by HMSO and is available for purchase nationally. It has also been praised by the FSA chairman and former Labour MP Lord ( Jeff ) Rooker.Steve Norton told Fish Update: “I am delighted. This code is now accepted as standard practice for the white fish sector from Fraserburgh to Falmouth and of course it helps to improve standards of hygiene and quality nationally. This is so important for our industry.”Steve said many of those firms which had adopted the code had moved into new factory premises like AE Darnell of Grimsby and achieved the all important British Retail Consortium (BRC) accreditation which helps to capture new business. He believed the code was vital for any seafood business with growth ambitions.The project had been under development three years before its launch. It includes important advice on issues such as food safety, good manufacturing practice and adherence to the latest legislation.Steve added: “The processors job is not easy . This is a working document that is not only user friendly, but will add value to businesses.