IFFO is the international nonprofit organization that represents and promotes the fish meal, fish oil and marine ingredients industry worldwide. IFFO is globally respected, having observer status with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and plays an advisory role with other international organizations.
IFFO is committed to the responsible sourcing of raw materials and the safe production of ingredients for aquaculture, agriculture and directly in the production of consumer products. To ensure food safety, it is important for factories to be able to demonstrate freedom from potentially unsafe and illegal materials.
There is also concern over the sustainability of global fisheries, including fisheries that supply fish meal and fish oil to aquaculture. In some regions, there are concerns of the origins of ‘trash fish’ and also of the legality of catches used in the supply of fish meal and fish oil. The fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishery material is now a global agenda.
In order to better demonstrate to all stakeholders the commitment to responsible practice in areas of feed safety, raw material procurement and delivery, the IFFO has developed a Global Standard and Certification Program for the Responsible Supply of Fish Meal and Fish Oil (IFFO RS). IFFO recognizes the importance of responsible sourcing, responsible production and responsible supply practices. Many of its members have already implemented third party assurances such as ISO 9000, HACCP systems and feed ingredient assurance programs.
This new IFFO RS Certification Program is designed to build upon each of these positive developments and allow members visibly to demonstrate their commitment to good practice. A third party inspection and certification program has been established to ensure the integrity and transparency of its implementation. The Certification Program has been designed meet the requirements of the ISO/IEC Guide 65:1996 – General requirements for bodies operating product certification programs has obtain its ISO 65 accreditation. A unique Certification Mark – “IFFO Assured” has been developed which can be used to signify compliance to the IFFO Standard.
IFFO chose ISO Guide 65 accreditation because it has been adopted by the majority of Standards owners as a consistent and transparent way of operating certification schemes. It is also frequent requirement of the major retailers to demonstrate a well-managed standard.
Omega Protein Corporation is IFFO RS certified to ensure customers receive healthy, sustainable products.