Building on their pioneering ASC accreditation for a Cobia producer, Open Blue was awarded last week, the highest possible score for a planned audit; achieving an AA rating based on the Global Standard for Food Safety from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).
“Achieving these key certifications marks a major milestone for us and for our customers for 2018. The BRC standard is recognized globally as the benchmark for food safety and is an indicator of international excellence. We are delighted to improve our score from an A to AA.” said Chris Perry, President of Open Blue. “Our innovative approach is to raise and harvest fish 8 miles offshore in their natural open ocean habitat in a responsible and sustainable way that honors and protects our sensitive ocean ecosystems and respects the workers and the communities around us.”
Open Blue has achieved several key standards successfully completing audits for Global Gap, Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP), ISO 9001:2015 and Friend of the Sea certifications; becoming in January 2018, the world’s first Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified Cobia operation.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is the leading trade association for UK retailing. Although the BRC food safety standard began in the UK, it is now recognized as a global standard. There are over 17,000 BRC certified sites worldwide, and a large network of BRC certification bodies in 90 countries. BRC initially developed its Global Standard for Food Safety to help the food industry meet legislative requirements of the EU General Product Safety Directive and the UK Food Safety Act.
Learn more at http://www.brcglobalstandards.com/