By SeafoodSource staff
Published on 20 February, 2013
A collection of mussel farmers and primary processing facilities in Newfoundland have become the first in North America to receive the Canadian Organic Aquaculture Standard certification.
Global Trust Certification/SAI Global has granted the certification to three companies — Norlantic Processors, of Pleasantview, which processes black gold mussels; Allen’s Fisheries, of Benoit’s Cove, which processes iceberg select mussels and Ocean Fresh Mussel Growers, of Herring Neck, which processes big blues mussels.
“We are committed to the highest quality standards in the aquaculture industry” said Juan Roberts, president of Badger Bay Mussel Farms. “Meeting this organic benchmark provides assurance to clients and consumers that Newfoundland Organic Mussels have been produced and processed in a sustainable, environmentally sound manner.”
To get the certification, the companies had to show to an independent, third-party assessor that they do not use any synthetic chemicals or pesticides, or any genetically modified organisms.
“Our farming practices are the most environmentally sustainable amongst Canadian producers, and the certification around this premium product is a testament to this effect.,” said Cyr Couturier, executive director of the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association.