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EXTENSIONS GRANTED TO BAP-CERTIFIED FACILITIES

Extensions granted to BAP-certified facilities in China impacted by coronavirus

Extensions granted to BAP-certified facilities in China impacted by coronavirus

Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has granted extensions to BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills in China that are due to be audited for annual re-certification in the near term or are due to submit corrective actions for non-conformances cited during a recent audit.

A GAA statement said: “The health and safety of our associates in China and around the world is a priority for the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and its Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program. The spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has undoubtedly impacted the lives of millions of Chinese people and the ability to do business in China.

“GAA is encouraged by the news that the outbreak of novel coronavirus appears to be stabilizing in China and the recovery effort is under way. However, the organization is sympathetic to the situation and understands that it will take time for people to get back to work and for business to get up and running again.

“As a result, extensions are being granted to BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills in China that are due to be audited for annual re-certification in the near term or are due to submit corrective actions for non-conformances cited during a recent audit. The certification bodies accredited to audit against the BAP standards are granting extensions on a case-by-case basis. BAP-certified facilities with questions about an upcoming audit are encouraged to contact their BAP certification specialist.

“GAA understands that the outbreak is a unique situation and is working with its associates in China to ensure that they’re getting the support that they require.”

 

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