Redefining Aquaculture for Today’s Consumer

Today’s consumer wants sustainability and safety, but isn’t willing to compromise on enjoyment or cost to achieve it.  This is the commercial challenge facing the entire aquaculture industry.

Vinh Food's manages hundreds of acres of fish ponds in southern Vietnam.

For over twenty years, Vinh Foods has been proving that one doesn’t have to choose between responsible aquaculture and great-tasting seafood. In fact, they go hand-in-hand. The care that goes into raising our seafood responsibly—rigorous pond management, stringent feeding regimen, traceability—is also the key to delivering the best-tasting fish. And, if managed properly, this product can still be brought to market at a price that offers great value to consumers.

Sure, there are easier ways to raise and process fish. But, Vinh Foods didn’t become one of the world’s largest sustainable aquaculture producers by cutting corners. We see every fillet we sell as proof positive that delicious seafood can be farmed sustainably without any compromise on quality or value.

Sustainable from the start

More and more, sustainability is on the minds of consumers. While plenty of companies are scrambling to make their operations more sustainable, Vinh Foods has never done it any other way. Sustainability is a key principle on which our business was founded.

From the beginning, we were determined to not just to meet the most rigorous global requirements, but to exceed them in every area, including food safety, labeling, traceability, environmental protection, and social responsibility.

It’s not just talk—you can see it in our accomplishments. To start, we meet or exceed the health and safety standards of over 30 different markets around the world. That, in and of itself, is testament to our process.  What’s more, Vinh Foods has also earned every major international certification in our industry.

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

Vinh Foods was the first pangasius company in Vietnam to obtain ASC certification, which focuses on the cornerstones of farming: environmental protection, community factors, food safety, and traceability.

Global Good Aquaculture Practices (GlobalGAP)

Vinh Foods achieved GlobalGAP certification in 2010. GlobalGAP is a farming standard developed by FoodPlus — a leading retail group in Europe — which was established to set safety and sustainability standards for agricultural products all over the world with the aim of building customers’ trust in food safety through good agricultural practices. GlobalGAP covers food safety, traceability, staff safety and health, and environmental protection.

AquaGAP

Vinh Foods achieved AquaGAP certification in 2009. AquaGAP ensures transparency of origin, quality at each stage of production. It also attests to good aquaculture farming practices, which serve to maintain or improve the health of surrounding ecosystems. In addition, it represents adherence to principles of corporate social responsibility and a commitment toward local communities.

Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)

BAP was developed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and is managed by the Aquaculture Certification Council (ACC). BAP certification ensures food safety, environmental protection, traceability, animal welfare, and social responsibility. In 2015, Vinh Hoan became the first organization in the world to be certified BAP 4 Stars for our hatcheries, feed production, pangasius aquaculture, and processing.

British Retail Consortium (BRC)

BRC initially developed its Global Standard for Food Safety in order to help the food industry meet legislative requirements of the EU General Product Safety Directive and the UK Food Safety Act, but it has since become recognized as a global standard.

International Food Standard, Version 4

The IFS Food Standard is a GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) recognized standard for auditing food manufacturers. The focus is on food safety and the quality of processes and products. It concerns food processing companies and companies that pack loose food products.

ISO 9001: Quality Management

ISO 9001 specifies requirements for a quality management system when an organization wishes to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

ISO 14001: Environmental Management

ISO 14001 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system that can be then certified. It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. The focus for Vinh Hoan is on our wastewater management systems.

For any download of these above certificates, please visit our division website www.vinhaquaculture.com

Integrated production means complete control.

We control every aspect of the seafood we sell—from hatchery, farming, feed, and harvest, all the way through processing and packaging. This achievement was earned by challenging convention and developing new sustainable ways of raising and preparing seafood for delivery:

It was a lot of work, but the benefits are clear: fully traceable, high-quality products with minimal processing time, resulting in safe, fresh-tasting seafood.

Meticulous quality management.

We’re not just interested in quality—we’re obsessed with it. That’s why we’re committed to a comprehensive and highly accurate testing regimen that ensures our fish are raised in the best water conditions, while minimizing the impact on the environment. This includes using our accredited in-house laboratory to test all batches of raw material to screen for antibiotics and other contaminants.

Our laboratory is certified with ISO 17025:2005 to test for antibiotic residue as well as bacteria. In addition, products on processing lines are frequently monitored and tested by our quality control staff according to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) and SSOP (Sanitation Standard Operating Procedure).

Complete traceability.

These days, people are passionate about knowing exactly where their food comes from. Since all Vinh Foods products are 100% traceable, they offer powerful appeal for these pond-to-plate consumers. We can provide complete traceability because we control every aspect of production and processing from the moment our fish are hatched until they are flash frozen for shipping.

It all starts in our breeding facility, where new hatchlings are born and sorted for distribution to our farms. After that, the fish are tracked by their batch number and the pond they were raised in.

Frequent testing of water quality and feed becomes part of their record. At the end of the processing line, a traceability code is stamped at the bottom of each carton. This code contains information about the batch of raw material, production date, packing date, and packing team. Once a traceability code is assigned, we’re able to trace the seafood back to its origin and history with all the relevant test results and production records.

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