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Food Safety:

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  • Food safety related criteria to monitor all stages: broodstock, seedlings, farmed fish, harvesting
  • Food safety policy revised and signed yearly
  • Only authorized chemical compounds used
  • Detailed sampling procedure to analyze Maximum Residual Levels – MRLs
  • MRLs are analyzed by competent laboratories
  • Obligatory withdrawal periods before harvesting
  • Comprehensive Veterinary Health Plan
  • Use vaccination if available
  • Antibiotic agents only applied following the diagnosis of an infectious bacterial disease
  • Inform the authorities about OIE stipulated notifiable diseases, new diseases and mass mortalities
  • Human waste from toilets collected and disposed of through sanitary sewage disposal systems
  • Negative list of medicine and treatments that may not be used, including those banned compounds under the FAO/WHO CODEX ALIMENTARIUS
  • Staff trained on Food Safety

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Animal Welfare:

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  • Animal health related criteria to monitor all stages: broodstock, seedlings, farmed fish, harvesting, stunning and killing
  • Comprehensive Veterinary Health Plan
  • All infrastructure designed to respect animal welfare and to avoid unnecessary stress
  • Visual observation at all times, through staff training or electronic means
  • Controls of size variations within stocks
  • Feedback related to animal welfare from slaughter/processing to the farm
  • Adequate design for cages (to prevent escapes and to avoid introduction of wild life into the cages, including predators)
  • Staff trained on Animal Welfare

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Occupational Health & Safety:

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  • All workers, visitors and subcontractors equipped with suitable protective clothing
  • Appropriate training for the tasks performed
  • Staff trained on H&S, including hygiene
  • Visual information displayed at the farm
  • Manufacturer Product Specification and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) available for all chemical compounds
  • Emergency information and corresponding facilities to deal with accidents
  • All workers have access to toilets, clean food areas for eating and storage, rest areas, hand washing facilities and drinking water
  • First aid kit and internal training

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Social Practices:

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  • No employment of minors
  • Risk assessment on social practices
  • Children of employees living on the farm have access to school education
  • Farming activities do not prevent local community’s access to drinking water
  • Coastal communities have proof of access to fishing areas
  • The on-farm living quarters for the workers are habitable and have the basic services of drinking water, toilets, and drains

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Environment:

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  • Biodiversity inclusive –
    Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Waste and Pollution Management, Recycling and Re-use
  • Incoming water and waste water monitoring & treatment
  • Energy efficiency
  • Escapes prevention management
  • Protected areas
  • Chemicals transport, usage and storage
  • Adequate process to deal with empty containers
  • Sanitary sewage disposal
  • Feeding levels monitoring

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Biosecurity:

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  • Biosecurity plan in place
  • Area management plan – farm participation
  • Understanding biosecurity practices and cleaning and disinfection procedures suitable to the farm
  • Pest control
  • Quarantine procedures when needed

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Traceability:

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  • Geo-coordinates identification of farm sites
  • Broodstock obtained through breeding program
  • No Genetically Modified aquatic species origin
  • Fish must be traceable to the previous farm(s) and back to its origin including identification of corresponding batch(es) of ova and parents
  • All fish movements for all stages in life are recorded: seedling/stock origin species, number, biomass, production unit ID
  • Batches of fish are traceable to: feed used, treatments, withdrawal periods, seedlings and broodstock origin
  • Harvested fish traceability is maintained up to the packing/process line
  • All processing steps have a Chain of Custody certification up to the product for final consumer
  • Withdrawal/recall procedures in place
  • Certified products are identified with the GLOBALG.A.P. Number – GGN at the packaging for final consumer. Optional to use the GGN Certified Aquaculture label

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Integrity:

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The GLOBALG.A.P. Certification Integrity Program complements accreditation body activities and ensures that audit duration, reporting and quality are consistent and harmonized globally.