Press Release August 25, 2020
Washington – The UK Seafood Industry Alliance (UK SIA) has joined the group of major stakeholders to endorse the groundbreaking new traceability standards released by The Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) in March 2020. These standards, officially known as GDST 1.0, will enable interoperability and significantly increased verifiability for all seafood traceability systems by designing specifications to allow for seamless data sharing and defining the key data elements that should accompany seafood products as they move through supply chains.
“The UK Seafood Industry Alliance clearly recognizes the value of a common digital language for data to facilitate interoperability and verifiability,” said Mike Short, Secretariat for UK SIA. “This unified approach will not only decrease our efforts and costs to provide the information that our business partners, governments and end-consumers ask for, but will also allow to help ensure the legal origin of seafood.”
As a UK based initiative and a major international voice for secure, affordable, and sustainable fishery products, the UK SIA is a welcomed addition to the GDST stakeholders. UK SIA member companies are major seafood distributors for retail and food services based in the UK, supplying own label and branded seafood to retailers, caterers, and restaurants. With the UK being one of the largest seafood markets in Europe, sourcing and delivering sustainable seafood to consumers is of top priority.
“Traceability and transparency are fundamental to the strategic focus of successful seafood businesses,” said Cameron Moffat, Sustainability Manager for Young’s Seafood, a member company of UK SIA. “The release of the GDST 1.0 Standards represents a significant milestone for the industry, providing a consistent, practical format for the transfer of complex supply chain data.”
Since the launch, UK-based seafood companies are demonstrating leadership amongst industry and quickly beginning implementation of GDST 1.0. Through implementation of the GDST standards, companies will meet their commitments to responsible sourcing while ensuring that future investments in their traceability systems are in step with industry trends and technology developments.
“As a UK business with global sourcing of raw fish we need to have complete confidence in our supply chain to ensure we provide safe, high quality and ethically sourced fish to the UK market and beyond,” said David Jefferies, Technical Director for New England Seafood. “GDST provides the foundation for this to be taken to the next level and we fully support its implementation in the supply chain.”
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About the Global Dialogue of Seafood Traceability (GDST)
The GDST is an international, business-to-business forum established to advance a unified framework for interoperable and verifiable seafood traceability. The Dialogue brings together more than five dozen companies from around the globe and across different parts of the seafood supply chain. In March 2020, after a multi-year industry-led drafting process, the GDST released the first-ever global standard (GDST 1.0) governing information content and data formats for seafood traceability systems. Learn more at www.traceability-dialogue.org
About the UK Seafood Industry Alliance (UK SIA)
The UK Seafood Industry Alliance (UK SIA) provides a broadly based, clear and compelling voice at national, EU and international level to meet the full range of challenges in providing consumers with secure, affordable, nutritious and sustainable fishery products at a time of unprecedented uncertainty and change. It helps secure long term growth through improved access to the raw materials needed and ensures that it attracts the necessary investment and skills to boost productivity in supplying food that plays a key role in the health of the nation. Learn more at www.provtrade.co.uk/seafood-alliance.aspx.
About the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a global organization of over 15,000 individual members from more than 100 countries committed to advancing the science of food. Since 1939, IFT has brought together the brightest minds in food science, technology and related professions from academia, government, and industry to solve the world’s greatest food challenges. Our organization works to ensure that our members have the resources they need to learn, grow, and enhance their professional work within the global food system. We believe that science is essential to ensuring a global food supply that is safe, nutritious, sustainable and accessible to all. For more information, please visit ift.org.
About the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
WWF is one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, working in 100 countries for over half a century. With the support of more than 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, halt the degradation of the environment and combat climate change. Visit www.worldwildlife.org to learn more and keep up with the latest conservation news by following @WWFNews on Twitter.