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Otto Franck Tuna, Mackerels, Sardines now Friend of the Sea

04 June 2013

GERMANY - June 2013 - Tuna, sardines and mackerels from the leading German importer under LaPerla brand, canned for Otto Franck Import KG, have positively undergone chain of custody audit for the European pilchard, Mackerel and Skipjack tuna from approved Friend of the Sea suppliers.

LaPerla products from Friend of the Sea origin can now carry the Friend of the Sea seal of approval.

An international independent certification body assessed Otto Franck chain of custody based on an accurate documental and onsite analysis which enables to trace every single can back to the approved fleet. The storage management system in place assures that no mixing between FOS and NON FOS products occurs.

“We share the same sustainability vision of Friend of the Sea programme”, remarks Dr Kraus the general manager of Otto Franck, “ Friend of the Sea has become a leading sustainability standard for seafood and this recognition provides an important added value for our clients”.

Friend of the Sea

Friend of the Sea is an international non-profit certification scheme for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Certified products are fished from not overexploited nor IUCN Redlisted stocks and with selective methods which do not impact the seabed. Those originate from aquaculture are reared with respect of critical habitat, with no use of antifoulants, GMOS and growth hormones.

Over 300 companies in 50 countries worldwide have relied on Friend of the Sea to certify the sustainability of the origin of their products. An estimated 40 per cent of applications either do not qualify for audit (eg: because targeted stock is officially overexploited or data deficient) or else they do not pass the actual onsite audit (for non conformity with other requirements). Selectivity provides further assurance to consumers on the reliability of the certification. Nowadays 70 different species are available on the market with Friend of the Sea seal of approval.

Otto Franck

Otto Franck products are imported canned foods of good quality at an excellent price. Customers include the food processing industry, food retailing, and wholesalers. The company’s market focus is Germany although it has been growing abroad in the last decades, now delivering in 21 of 27 EU countries.

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