Chilean company FoodCorp becomes the first pelagic fish producer in the world to validate the traceability of the raw material used for its fishmeal production through ORIVO´s laboratory test-based program.
FoodCorp, operating in the Biobío region in Chile, recently made an important contribution in the effort of validating the company´s sustainable management of biomass and processed products. Although the company always has been focusing on acting responsible, it recognizes that validating the raw-material traceability documentation is becoming a key challenge for the fishing industry as a whole.
Andrés Daroch, general manager of FoodCorp, says, “We recognize the growing demand for transparency and traceability in the supply chain. As a fishing industry, we have made significant progress in the last decade in working under international standards that directly align with the sustainability of fisheries. And now, with the third-party certification from ORIVO, we are able to validate this work in a good manner.”
In the first half of 2022, close to 82% of the raw material processed by FoodCorp was allocated to the production of frozen and preserved foods for direct human consumption. The remaining raw material, consisting of offcuts and byproducts, such as fish not suited for direct human consumption, was utilized in the production of fishmeal and fish oil for the animal feed market. Both the human consumption market and the animal feed market have high standards for traceability. Andrés Daroch confirms that this is why FoodCorp wanted to qualify for the ORIVO certification:
“It is important for our clients that we have an accreditation which is based on actual evidence. Through advanced laboratory testing, ORIVO confirms that our fishmeal is based on the raw material we say it is, and that there are no other species or other ingredients added. To our clients, this is a guarantee of quality and sustainable management of fisheries.”
ORIVO´s services, which are centered around evidence-based transparency, sets high standards for the fisheries since the laboratory test results will reveal the presence of any unwanted species in the fishmeal. This makes the certification a recognition achieved at present by only a few fishmeal producers globally.
“We are very proud to become the first producer of pelagic fishmeal in the world to take transparency to the next level by qualifying for ORIVO certification," said Andrés Daroch.