First Central American Feed Mills Earn BAP Certification
Congratulations to Cargill. Two of the company’s feed mills, Cargill de Honduras S. de R. L. and Cargill de Nicaragua S.A., recently earned Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification.
The two feed mills are the first feed mills in Central America as well as Cargill’s first feed mills to attain BAP certification. The only other BAP-certified feed mills in Central and South America are located in Chile.
Companies sourcing from BAP-certified hatcheries, farms and processing plants can now source feed from one of the two Cargill feed mills and qualify to offer four-star BAP product. Four-star status is the highest such designation in the BAP program.
“With BAP certification, Cargill is not only consolidating its leading position in Central America but also, and most importantly, creating the capability to offer BAP feed for shrimp from its plant in Honduras and Nicaragua and BAP feed for tilapia from its plant in Honduras. By including these feeds in their portfolio, they are supporting customers to comply with world-class quality requirements so they can also satisfy their demanding customers that they ship to domestic, regionally and overseas,” said Cargill in a statement.
The Honduras feed mill (pictured on the right) is located in Bufalo, Villanueva, while the Nicaragua feed mill (pictured on the left) is located in Masaya, Carretera a Masaya.
“We are very excited with the growth and acceptance of the BAP program in both Central and South America,” said Peter Redmond, BAP VP of market development. “The industry has recognized and reacted strongly to the fact that aquaculture is a supply chain in production, primarily starting with the feed mill and ending up with the processor. Cargill’s leadership position on this is a very bold move and enhances the value and importance of four-star BAP product being delivered to the actual marketplace, not a literary one.”
A division of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, Best Aquaculture Practices is an international certification program based on achievable, science-based and continuously improved performance standards for the entire aquaculture supply chain — farms, hatcheries, processing plants and feed mills — that assure healthful foods produced through environmentally and socially responsible means. BAP certification is based on independent audits that evaluate compliance with the BAP standards developed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance.