Spanish retailer EROSKI, which operates in the regions of Galicia, Basque Country, Navarre, Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, has become the first retailer in Spain to pass the GLOBALG.A.P. audit to sell certified aquaculture products. Its 361 seafood counters will now sell Gilthead Seabream, Meagre, Seabass, and Turbot with the GGN consumer label, guaranteeing that the fish on sale has been farmed in a safe and sustainable way.
“At EROSKI, we are committed to a sustainable food model and constantly evolving to offer consumers new options for healthy and more responsible nutrition,” said Alejandro Martínez Berriochoa, Director of Health and Sustainability at EROSKI. “This international certification is a guarantee for our customers that the fresh fish bearing this label comes from certified aquaculture.”
The criteria for the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard include an analysis of the environmental impact, regular food safety and water quality checks, and verification of product traceability and the proper utilization of waters.
The sustainability label also certifies adequate feed consumption, leading to better care of the seabed and an improved use of the fishing resources, measures to prevent escape and thus limit the spread of invasive species, the implementation of animal welfare measures, the guaranteeing of proper working conditions, and the introduction of quality management systems.