The GLOBALG.A.P. IFA standard for aquaculture sets strict criteria for:
- Legal compliance
- Food safety*
- Workers' occupational health, safety, and welfare
- Includes the GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP)
- Animal health and welfare
- Environmental and ecological care**
The IFA standard covers the entire production chain from feed to fork:
Compound Feed: Aquaculture producers are required to source the compound feed used at the aquatic farming and hatchery levels from reliable suppliers. Learn more about the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard for Compound Feed Manufacturers.
Aquaculture Hatcheries and Farms: The GLOBALG.A.P. IFA standard for aquaculture applies to a diversity of fish, crustaceans, and molluscs and extends to all hatchery-based farmed species, as well as the passive collection of seedlings in the planktonic phase. It covers the entire production chain, from broodstock, seedlings and feed suppliers to farming, harvesting, and processing.
Chain of Custody: The GLOBALG.A.P. Chain of Custody Standard gives aquaculture producers a high level of transparency and integrity by identifying the status of your product throughout the entire production and supply chain, from farm to retailer. For the most up-to-date resources on all GLOBALG.A.P. Chain of Custody certified products, please visit their website.
*The GLOBALG.A.P. IFA standard for aquaculture has been successfully assessed against the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Benchmarking Requirements and achieved GFSI recognition for scope A2 farming of Fish - the ONLY Aquaculture farming standard to have achieved this. For more information on the GFSI, please see here.
**The Standard has been benchmarked against the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative's Global Benchmark Tool Version 1 and is recognized by the GSSI Steering Board. A seafood certification scheme is recognized after successfully completing the 7-step Benchmark Process. The expert-led process involves objective assessments made against the Benchmark Framework. For more information on the GSSI please see here.