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SSC processing plants win two-star BAP certification

The Scottish Salmon Company already has BAP certification for all its seawater sites. Photo: SSC
The Scottish Salmon Company already has BAP certification for all its seawater sites. Photo: SSC

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has become the first salmon producer in the UK to be awarded a two-star Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP) certification.

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SSC has recently been awarded a second star for its processing sites at Marybank in Stornoway and Cairndow at Loch Fyne, the company said in a press release.

The announcement comes six months after SSC was awarded a star for all of its 45 marine sites throughout the west coast of Scotland and Hebrides.

BAP is the only certification to cover the entire aquaculture production chain, from hatcheries to farms to processing plants. SSC has now reached the second stage in its journey achieving full BAP certification across all of its operations.

Craig Anderson: Award reinforces
Craig Anderson: Award reinforces "exacting standards".

Commitment and expertise

SSC chief executive Craig Anderson said: “Our processing facilities at Marybank and Cairndow are incredibly important to our operations. To be awarded a two-star certification just six months after our first BAP accreditation not only recognises the commitment and expertise of our people, but also reinforces our exacting standards in producing the best quality Scottish salmon.

“Developing a platform for responsible business growth continues to be a core priority as we look forward. These new BAP certifications will help strengthen our commitment and passion for Scottish provenance and quality and continue to drive our international export strategy.”

Mike Berthet BAP’S market development manager for the EU said: ‘'This is a major milestone for BAP certification in Europe and in particular for the Scottish salmon farming industry.

“Not only does this reflect the importance SSC place on producing nutritious aquaculture to BAP’s exacting standards but it also enables more retailers and food service operators around the world who subscribe to the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative within their sourcing policies, to add BAP Scottish salmon to their range.”

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