Suzanne Robertson, Business Development Executive of Aberdeenshire Council, who has been closely involved in the project, said: “Through the SALSA and SSA accreditation, the Scottish Seafood Association is ensuring the industry is improving both its skills base and standards.
“It is also making the seafood industry a far more attractive career choice for many within our communities. The wider seafood sector is already a vitally important part of the local economy and Aberdeenshire Council is delighted to help drive its continuing economic growth through this initiative.”
Lucy Husband, UK Market Director at Scotland Food & Drink, said: “Scotland’s reputation for world class seafood continues to grow across the UK and globally. Continually driving up standards is central to this effort. It has been great to be involved in developing this project and the nine businesses that have embraced it are showing the way for others follow.”
Bonnie Joplin, Scheme Development Manager for SALSA, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the Scottish Seafood Association and Scotland Food and Drink to support their members in achieving SALSA approval. By working to industry recognised standards these businesses have demonstrated their commitment to safety and quality and are great ambassadors for Scottish seafood industry.”
The SSA Standard is being funded by the industry, Aberdeenshire Council, Scotland Food & Drink, NESFLAG (EMFF), the Scottish Government and Seafish. The nine successful companies are: Seafood Sourcing Ltd, Enterfoods, Jack Taylor Ltd, GMR Seafoods Ltd, Braehead (SFO Enterprises Ltd), J H Milne Peterhead Ltd, Sustainable Seafoods Peterhead Ltd, Jack Fish Co Ltd and Messers J Smith. The first six of these are awaiting the results of their SALSA audits.
Source: Scottish Seafood Association