Raley's Markets adopts BAP certification
California-based retailer Raley's Family of Fine Stores on Friday adopted the Global Aquaculture Alliance's (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification for its farmed-seafood purchases.
Raley's, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Markets and Food Source stores will now source raw and cooked shrimp from BAP-certified facilities and will soon broaden is selection of BAP-certified farmed seafood products.
"Raley's is a strong regional retailer known for fine seafood," said Peter Redmond, VP of BAP development. "GAA is pleased the company has shown its interest in supporting sustainable aquaculture by selecting Best Aquaculture Practices certification for its seafood suppliers."
BAP standards require strict drug and chemical management, as well as environmental and social responsibility. Raley's was the first grocery chain in the United States to establish a comprehensive program of storewide food safety and sanitation practices.
"At Raley's, we feel very strongly that we have an important responsibility to be exceptionally good stewards of our Earth and to be good partners with our governmental agencies charged with the oversight of the environment," said Bill Coyne, Raley's president and CEO, in a statement posted on his company's Web site.
GAA develops the BAP standards in conjunction with species-specific technical committees under the direction of a Standards Oversight Committee. More than 1.3 billion pounds of shrimp, tilapia and catfish are processed to the BAP standards annually.