Seafood Certification

  • Overview
  • Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Certification
  • Why Work With NSF?

NSF Seafood provides certification that helps companies demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements and quality standards. We are accredited to certify to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-benchmarked Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standard.

We strive to be a valuable resource for your organization by delivering nonbiased, factual and logical information for your management decisions. We promote knowledge, integrity, safety and sustainability within the seafood industry through technical and innovative expertise.

For more information, contact us at seafoodhq@nsf.org or +1 603-726-0150.

Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Certification

NSF Seafood is accredited to certify to Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), which is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked standard that addresses environmental and social responsibility, animal welfare, food safety and traceability for aquaculture facilities. BAP certification defines the most important elements of responsible aquaculture, including food safety, social accountability and environmental accountability. BAP also provides quantitative guidelines by which to evaluate adherence to those practices.

The BAP program outlines standards for each type of facility, from hatchery and feed mill to farm to processing plant. It currently certifies shrimp farms and hatcheries; salmon, tilapia, channel catfish and Pangasius farms; seafood processing plants and feed mills.

Certification to a GFSI recognized standard such as BAP increases brand protection and minimizes risk. Achieving NSF certification to a BAP standard provides independent certification that a product or process complies with specific international standards and enables a food supplier to give assurances that food has been produced, prepared and handled according to the most recognized standards.

For more information, see our BAP certification page.

Why Work With NSF?

Since our founding in 1944, NSF International has become the global leader in food safety certification. Our reputation has been built upon our principles of integrity, commitment to quality, professionalism and customer service.

NSF Seafood is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the American Society for Quality (ASQ), the Aquaculture Certification Council (ACC), United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), and the Independent Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA). We are recognized as a competent third party by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDC).

Our seafood experts are carefully selected for their technical knowledge and experience. They are rigorously trained in various methodologies and calibrated frequently to ensure consistency and accuracy. Our team receives ongoing annual training in sensory, auditing and FDA requirements to ensure they have the latest information and most up-to-date skill sets.

Additionally, when you choose NSF Seafood, you’ll gain access to our proprietary NSF Online data management system which enables you to access audit reports and certifications whenever you want, wherever you are.

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  • Trident Seafoods has utilized the services of NSF Seafood since 1991. They have provided consistent, reliable and professional service. We have found NSF Seafood to be thorough, professional and responsive. Our customers trust them, and so do we.John van Amerongen, Chief Sustainability Officer, Trident Seafoods
  • Tradex Foods has been using the seafood product inspection services of NSF Seafood for over 15 years. Their reports represent the quality completely and always give us the confidence of knowing what we are purchasing.Michael Warren, VP & Director Quality Control Management, Tradex Foods

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