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Higher standards published for ‘organic’ fish production

01 February 2016

Manufacturers processing fish must now meet higher standards than ever in order to qualify for organic certification.

The new Soil Association rules, while based on EU regulations, feature higher standards in several areas as focus on the humane treatment of fish.

“Aquaculture is increasingly important as it has the potential to provide fish for global markets while limiting pressure on wild stocks which face a variety of threats,” said Chris Atkinson, head of standards at the Soil Association.

“Having strict but straightforward standards for organic production will ensure that this does not come at the cost of environmental pollution or poor animal welfare. 

“We are proud that our standards exceed those required by the EU in these key areas; the Soil Association believes in always delivering the best possible result for human health, animal welfare and the environment.”   

Among the changes is the creation of dedicated standards for the production and collection of organic seaweed, which may now display the Soil Association symbol. These standards directly reflect those imposed by EU regulations.

A statement from the Association said it is “confident that its operators will already be meeting all of the new standards so they come into effect immediately”.

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