A Cumbrian smokehouse has become the first in the UK to receive an industry watchdog’s stamp of approval.
Grants Oak Smoked Ltd, which sells smoked salmon across the globe, has received BAP accreditation.
The BAP (Best Aquaculture Practice) scheme promotes food safety, environmental sustainability, social accountability, and animal welfare across the entire seafood industry. Its accreditation covers the entire seafood production chain, from hatcheries and feed mills, to farms and processing facilities.
BAP is run by the non-profit making Global Aquacuture Alliance. It is recognised in the industry for its tough accreditation process and international reputation.
The owner of Grants Oak Smoked, Jonathan Brown, said: “At Grants we only use suppliers with the highest accredited environmental and aquaculture standards.
“As the world’s reliance on farmed fish grows, it is vital everyone in the industry ensures we all follow the best possible practices. BAP is striving to ensure this happens.
“To qualify for the accreditation, BAP examined every aspect of our business, from our premises, the fish we use and the environmental, food safety and working procedures we follow.
“To get the accreditation confirms, once again, Grants is an industry leader. Not only do our products win numerous awards for their taste and quality, this accreditation proves they are produced to the highest possible standard.
“So far 2019 has been a great year for the business. Our Traditional Rope Hung smoked salmon won its third gold medal in the international Monde Federation food awards. Our Grants Traditional brand joined the rope hung in getting three stars in the Great Taste awards, and we will shortly be making an announcement regarding another spectacular success.
“Getting BAP accreditation is another major confirmation of our family firm’s reputation for quality. It is also pays testament to our operation in Maryport, and the great work the 100 plus staff we employ there do on a daily basis.”