Supporting a safe and sustainable seafood industry

Friday, March 2, 2018

Food safety, traceability and sustainability practices are critical elements of British Columbia’s seafood industry which enjoys an international reputation for safe, sustainable and high-quality seafood. Brown’s Bay Packing Company provides fish processing services that utilize modern systems and technologies to deliver fresh fish to distributors who have markets across North America and Asia.

To learn more about responsible fish harvesting, feel free to review the SeaWestNews site which shines a light on the local, national and global impact of British Columbia’s dynamic seafood industry. SeaWestNews shares stories about the people, the passion and the purpose of BC’s sustainable and healthy seafood industry.

Licensing and Regulation

Brown’s Bay Packing Company meets all regulatory requirements and pursues continuous improvement in food safety protection and compliance. We work in concert with several governing bodies to ensure the highest quality service for our customers and adherence to the freshest, safest food handling practices for seafood consumers. Together with our internal teams, these external agencies provide licensing, monitoring and auditing oversight of our facilities, systems and practices:

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
  • Environment Canada
  • Transport Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)
  • BC Ministry of Environment (overseeing our safe Waste Management process)

Brown’s Bay Packing Company is voluntarily certified by the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) which sets strict international standards, Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) and is voluntary certified by BC Kosher and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).

Testing and verification

Several internal and external professionals play a role in ensuring Brown’s Bay Packing Company provides a safe, efficient and compliant processing environment. Our equipment, systems and practices are monitored daily, monthly and annually.  Trained professionals verify our monitoring and prepare factual and accurate information for all auditors and inspectors.

Along with the government and industry audits mentioned above, an external laboratory works closely with our regulatory specialist and managers to monitor and assess any potential environmental impacts of our activities.

We use an accredited Aquatic Toxicology lab that is recognized at the level of Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Good Laboratory Practices (OECD-GLP). Their practices are held compliant by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) for eco-toxicology, eco-fate and physical/ chemical testing. Our auditors and our customers rely on results that are tested, analyzed and verified by this independent, objective and professional service provider.

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