One of India's largest shrimp producers, CP Foods, has pledged to join the IFFO RS Improver Program (IFFO RS IP) this year, which would make it the first company in the country to apply for the international sustainable standard.
Dr Sujint Thammasart, chief operating officer – aqua business of CP Foods, said that applying for the standard will encourage the company to improve the sustainability of its operations.
"CP Foods' aqua business both in Thailand and overseas have a single-standard for sustainable procurement of raw materials," stressed Dr Thammasart.
Mr Pichaiyut Tachapong, senior vice president for quality control at CPF India, said: "Following the IFFO RS IP guideline will kick off CPF India steps further to achieve IFFO RS Standard in the future. It will confirm that the company’s fishmeal come from legal practices and sources without IUU fishing."
CP Foods'aquafeed operations in Thailand now only source fishmeal that has been certified by IFFO RS and the company is also encouraging its subsidiary in Vietnam to apply IFFO RS IP, with a target to achieve IFFO RS by 2022. In addition, it plans to extend these practices to its operations in the Philippines and Malaysia.