SSC launches codes of conduct

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
September 16, 2014

On Thursday 18 September, members of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) will launch their two codes of conduct.

The SSC has created the Voluntary Code of Conduct on Environmental Claims, the Labeling Code. All SSC members signing up to the code will label their fish and seafood in a harmonized way, adhering to minimum criteria and only using claims of responsibility and sustainability. They will no longer use other environmental claims.

“For consumers, that means much more clarity and consistency when buying fish products or dishes from SSC members,” the organization said.

The members signing up to the labeling code include Co-operative Food, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, Lyons Seafoods, New England Seafood Limited, The Saucy Fish Co. / Icelandic Group U.K., Young’s Seafood Limited, Direct Seafoods and M&J Seafood.

For the second code, the Sourcing Code, the SSC has developed minimum criteria in the Voluntary Code of Conduct on Environmentally Responsible Fish and Seafood Sourcing (the ‘Sourcing Code’). This covers two main areas: general good practice and a commitment to do a risk assessment. Once the Sourcing Code is implemented, all members signing up to the code will have responsible sourcing policies and will adhere to agreed minimum standards.

“Our members want to source their fish and seafood responsibly to deliver a long-term sustainable industry to their customers based on quality and value. Due to the cross-sectoral nature of the SSC, the code will create consistency across the industry, allowing consumers to make more informed decisions about their fish and seafood purchases,” SSC said.

Members signing up to the Sourcing Code include Co-operative Food, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, Feng Sushi, Harbour Lights Falmouth, River Cottage, Lyons Seafoods, New England Seafood Limited, The Saucy Fish Co. / Icelandic Group U.K., Young’s Seafood Limited, Direct Seafoods, Le Lien Ltd, M&J Seafood.

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