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Vietnam’s NTSF Seafoods Group is the world’s first company to offer three-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) pangasius, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) announced.

Greenfeed Vietnam Corp.’s feed mill, from which NTSF Seafoods sources its feed, earned BAP certification last month. The company’s NTSF Seafoods JSC processing plant and Tan Loc Farm Zone farm earned BAP certification late last year. The addition of the feed mill allows NTSF Seafoods to offer three-star pangasius.

Located in Thot Not district, Can Tho City, Vietnam, NTSF processes approximately 2,000 metric tons (MT) of pangasius annually. The company’s pangasius products are exported to a number of markets, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany.

“We understand that we need to be sustainable, and we found that BAP certification helps us to prove this to our customers,” said Vu Anh Thu of NTSF Seafoods. “BAP certification assures that we’re producing pangasius in a safe and environmentally and socially responsible manner.”

At the end of March, the annual output of BAP-certified pangasius processing plants totaled more than 143,500 MT. The first pangasius facility was certified in March 2011.

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