Certification body expands to Spain

By

Chris Dove, SeafoodSource.com contributing editor, reporting from Malaga, Spain

Published on
August 10, 2010

Seafood inspection and certification body Food Certification International (FCI) has expanded its Scotland-based operations, recently opening an office in Aguadulce-Roquetas de Mar on the southeastern Spanish coast of Almeria.

One of only a few independent certification bodies specializing in the global aquaculture, fisheries and seafood-processing sectors, FCI conducts independent inspections against quality-assurance and product-certification standards.
 
Led by FCI Fisheries Development Manager Dr. Antonio Hervás Abad, the Spanish team will be supported by FCI’s headquarters in Inverness, Scotland. Its main objective is to develop FCI inspection and certification services within Spain and in other Spanish-speaking countries in South America.

FCI said that its expertise in these sectors will help enhance retailer and consumer confidence, allowing producers and processors to more effectively compete in today’s seafood market.

FCI currently manages a number of Marine Stewardship Council pre- and full assessment projects in Spain, notably the full assessment of the Grupo Regal Spain hake longline fishery. The team is to conduct further stakeholder meetings related to the Grupo Real assessment in both Madrid and Vigo on 13 September.

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