The new version of the MarinTrust Chain of Custody has just been published. It will become effective from the 30th November 2020, when applications will start. It will be followed by a transition period that will be announced in due course.
The new version of the MarinTrust Chain of Custody includes new features such as:
- audit technologies to source the origin of certified MarinTrust compliant marine ingredients,
- recognition of other standards (such as GFSI recognised) and regulatory authority standards,
- a new risk assessment framework
- as well as new traceability system checks
Purchasers of Chain of Custody (CoC) certified material need to be aware that if CoC certification isn’t held then there are no assurances that the material is MarinTrust CoC certified and has been sourced from MarinTrust certified producers. If ownership of a CoC certified product is passed to a trader to sell onto an approved buyer, that trader must also gain CoC certification in order to maintain product integrity and an unbroken supply chain.
Francisco Aldon, CEO of MarinTrust, explains:
“We want to provide the industry with a clear and updated statement of the requirements of our Chain of Custody Certification. Its main objectives are to ensure that full traceability of marine ingredients is maintained throughout the supply chain, with no use of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishery materials. Besides, this new version gives assurance to a labelled Certified claim on a feed or fish oil product that it uses marine ingredients that originate from a Certified ‘MarinTrust Factory. It is essential both for our clients’ and our standards’ credibility.”
Stelios Stamboli, CEO at Distral, said:
“As the only MarinTrust certified merchant in Greece, Distral was delighted to support the MarinTrust trial of chain of custody version 2.0 prior to its launch. Maintaining a transparent and innovative traceability guarantee system requires constant efforts and a collaborative mentality with the people operating on the ground, who maintain a relevant and updated standard ”.