Thai shrimp farmer com­mits to fish­meal stan­dard

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THAI shrimp gi­ant Charoen Pokp­hand Foods PCL (CP Foods) has com­mit­ted to us­ing fish­meal only from cer­ti­fied and trace­able sources.

The com­pany has es­tab­lished CP Food Fish­meal Sourc­ing Re­stric­tions to guide its aqua­cul­ture op­er­a­tions in Thai­land and in over­seas op­er­a­tions.

This will en­sure that they are all work­ing un­der a sin­gle stan­dard for sus­tain­able sourc­ing of ma­rine in­gre­di­ents, the com­pany said, adding that the move is in re­sponse to con­sumer de­mand for sus­tain­able prod­ucts.

Un­der the re­stric­tions, CP Foods’ en­tire aqua­cul­ture busi­ness would use by-prod­uct fish­meal from pro­cess­ing plants cer­ti­fied by the Global Stan­dard for Re­spon­si­ble Sup­ply (IFFO RS).

This is con­sis­tent with the Code of Con­duct for Re­spon­si­ble Fish­eries of the Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­gan­i­sa­tion of the United Na­tions (FAO).

And for by-catch fish­meal, CP Foods said it would source in­gre­di­ents from fish­eries that have been cer­ti­fied ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

At present, the com­pany said 100 per cent of fish­meal sourced and used for its Thai­land op­er­a­tions has been from by-prod­uct of fish pro­cess­ing plants and cer­ti­fied by the IFFO RS.

In its In­dia op­er­a­tions, CP Foods has col­lab­o­rated with fish­ery so­ci­eties, seafood com­pa­nies and the govern­ment to es­tab­lish the coun­try’s first ever FIP (fish­ery im­prove­ment project), ac­cepted on to the IFFO RS Im­prover Pro­gramme, and now ready for im­ple­men­ta­tion.

The de­vel­oped fish­eries ac­tion plan will push for more assess­ment of ma­rine stocks in the west coast of In­dia in an ef­fort to pre­vent over­fish­ing.

Un­der the pro­gramme, the com­pany will ar­range train­ing cour­ses for part­ners in the sup­ply chain, in­clud­ing fish­meal pro­duc­ers and fish­er­men, to guide them through sus­tain­able prac­tices.

CP Foods’ Viet­nam oper­a­tion, mean­while, is driv­ing a pi­lot FIP, es­tab­lished in 2017 in Baria-Vung Tau prov­ince, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal fish­meal pro­ces­sors and IFFO RS. Dr Su­jint Tham­masart, COO of CP Foods’ aqua­cul­ture busi­ness, said all the com­pany’s seafood op­er­a­tions, in Thai­land and over­seas, have in­te­grated UN Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) into their busi­nesses with so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity, en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print and trace­abil­ity through­out the sup­ply chain.

And he said the projects in In­dia and Viet­nam are a ‘pro­to­type’ that needs to be ex­panded to other coastal ar­eas across the coun­tries.

‘It is im­por­tant to note that CP Foods is a buyer of fish­meal and pro­ducer of farmed shrimp as well as shrimp feed; we have never been an op­er­a­tor nor owner of any fish­ing ves­sel, and we do not pro­duce fish­meal,’ he said.

‘How­ever, CP Foods has a clear pol­icy to make all of its op­er­a­tions world­wide to op­er­ate in ac­cor­dance to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards in an ef­fort to pre­vent IUU [il­le­gal, un­re­ported and un­reg­u­lated fish­ing) and pro­mote a sus­tain­able sup­ply chain.’

Above: Dr Su­jint Tham­masart

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