Ocean Beauty obtains CCSP certification

Ocean Beauty Seafoods is the United States’ first seafood company to participate in the Transportation Security Administration’s new Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP).

The Seattle company’s Cordova, Alaska, plant is also the state’s first facility of any type to be approved by the TSA.

Under the voluntary program, which went into effect on 2 February, facilities seeking certification are required to meet a variety of rigorous security standards. By participating in the CCSP, Ocean Beauty seafood shipments will not be required to undergo additional screening at the airport, accelerating delivery time.

“This has been more than two years in the making,” said Mark Palmer, Ocean Beauty’s president and CEO. “We have worked very closely with the TSA to get this program rolling, and this represents a further commitment to bring to market the safest and best quality seafood we can. Under these guidelines we can reduce the amount of time the fish sits in storage, bring the freshest possible fish to market, and know that our shipments are as secure as they possibly can be.

“Reliably providing the freshest and safest fish to our customers is crucial,” Palmer added. “We have fresh fish distribution locations from Seattle to Dallas, and with this we can assure our fresh fish customers that their supplies will not be interrupted.”

The CCSP is one of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.

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