Royal Hawaiian Seafood, a San Francisco-based wholesale distributor, is teaming up with Safe Harbor, becoming the United States’ first wholesale distributor to test all of its seafood according to the program.
Safe Harbor certification program tests seafood for contaminants such as methylmercury and histamine to ensure that levels are significantly below the food-safety standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Developed by Micro Analytical Systems of Emeryville, Calif., in 2002, the program also tests for gamma-ray emitting radionuclides.
Royal Hawaiian now provides Safe Harbor-certified seafood to 36 Bay Area restaurants, hotels and grocery stores.
“Our mission is to redefine quality seafood to mean safe, sustainable, tested and traceable. We believe quality seafood should not only be fresh and taste great, but be low in contaminants and harvested in an ecologically responsible way. We’re quite proud to be the first seafood supplier to adopt Safe Harbor as the new standard for all our customers,” said Jordan Bow, Royal Hawaiian founder and owner.