Certifications

Tropical Aquaculture quality is measured by top certifications in the seafood industry.

We adhere to the industry’s strictest standards for environmental stewardship, social responsibility, food safety and traceability by complying to our own Umbrella Policy as well as to rigorous international certification schemes available for farmed and wild caught species.

Tropical Brand Tilapia measures up to the following certifications:

Aquaculture Certification Council – ACC The ACC is a nongovernmental body established to certify social, environmental and food safety standards at aquaculture facilities throughout the world. This nonprofit, nonmember public benefit corporation applies the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) “Best Aquaculture Practices” (BAP) standard. BAP certification combines site inspections and effluent sampling with sanitary controls, therapeutic controls and traceability.

Aquaculture Stewardship Council – ASC The purpose of ASC is to provide a means to measurably improve the environmental and social performance of tilapia aquaculture operations. ASC is based on 7 principles: 1) Compliance with all national and local regulations, 2) Management of the farm to conserve natural habitat and local biodiversity, 3) Conservation of water resources, 4) Conservation of species diversity and wild populations, 5) Responsible use of resources, 6) Fish health and welfare management in an environmentally responsible manner, 7) Social Responsibility.

Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points – HACCP HACCP is a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards: from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product. All of our processing plants follow U.S. FDA guidelines for HACCP, certified by each country’s respective Department of Fisheries.

Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audits – SMETA The Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audits (SMETA) is an ethical and social audit program compiling best practices in ethical trade audit techniques. It has a verifiable process to understand, measure, report on, and help organizations improve social and environmental performance. Suppliers undergo a formal examination of the labor practices of a particular workplace or company.

Whole Foods Market Responsibly Farmed This standard covers shrimp as well as Tilapia. It includes: No use of antibiotics, added growth hormones and poultry and mammalian products in feed. No genetically modified or cloned seafood, minimizing the impacts of fish farming on the environment by protecting sensitive habitats, monitoring water quality and sourcing feed ingredients responsibly. Seafood is not treated with added preservatives. Traceability from farm to store.

British Retail Consortium The BRC (British Retail Consortium) Global Standard for Food Safety was created to meet the demand for a unified quality standard. It guarantees quality standards for the products made by member food processing and preparation companies, with the purpose of safeguarding food safety throughout the business processes. It fully complies with the food safety standards recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

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