We hold a number of international certifications and endorsements that cover everything from world class farming certifications to strict packaging and food safety standards.
RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme
Huon was the first, and remains the only, seafood producer/farmer in Australia to meet the RSPCA’s detailed animal welfare standards for farmed Atlantic Salmon for inclusion in RSPCA Australia’s Approved Farming Scheme.
The RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme Standard – Farmed Atlantic Salmon outlines production practices for the freshwater and marine stages of Atlantic salmon farming. The Standards aim to meet the fish’s behavioural and physiological needs and are designed to assist the industry to continually improve and demonstrate good animal welfare outcomes. The Standards take into consideration RSPCA Australia policy, available scientific research, current legislation applied in Australia, veterinary, technical and producer advice, and current industry good practice.
Since that time all our southern sites and every one of our farming practices, from freshwater hatcheries to marine grow-out, have been continuously assessed by RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme Assessors on almost a monthly basis with full certification and inclusion in the Approved Faring Scheme achieved in June 2018. This has resulted in continuous improvements to our water quality monitoring, fish handling, predator management and many marine operation processes.
Our connection with RSPCA also goes beyond Australia; in 2014, our harvest system (designed in-house by two employees) received the RSPCA UK award for welfare and humane harvesting of salmon; the stun and bleed harvest system is now recognised and used as the gold standard around the world.
Huon was the first salmon producer in Australia to achieve the internationally recognised Global G.A.P. certification.
The Global G.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Standard is a pre-farm gate standard that covers the whole production process of the certified product from the hatchery until the point of harvest and packing.
The Global G.A.P standard not only audits Huon’s operations but also those of companies that supply us, which means that there is a rigorous and thorough understanding of the entire process of farming and growing salmon.
British Retail Consortium (BRC)
Huon is a BRC AA-rated seafood processor.
The BRC Global Standards specify requirements to be met to enable the production, packaging, storage and distribution of safe food and consumer products. Originally developed in response to the needs of UK members of the British Retail Consortium, the Standards have gained usage world-wide and are specified by growing numbers of retailers and branded manufacturers in the EU, North America and further afield.
BRC is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) scheme and is a leading brand and consumer protection organisation, used by over 25,000 certificated suppliers over 130 countries, with certification issued through a global network of accredited certification bodies. BRC Global Standards’ guarantee the standardisation of quality, food safety and operational criteria and ensure that manufacturers fulfil their legal obligations and provide protection for the end consumer. BRC Global Standards are now often a fundamental requirement of leading retailers, manufacturers and food service organisations.
Huon also has relevant export certifications while the farmland on which our Forest Home hatchery sits received organic certification from the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia in October 2019. Huon leases the land to Bruny Island Cheese (BIC) for harvesting grass as silage and hay as well as grazing calves and dry cows. The certification of this land enables BIC to label all outputs (i.e. cheese, milk) as organic.
The organic certification of Forest Huon is due to fact that 95 per cent of hatchery waste water is recirculated. As part of the recirculation process, all waste from the fish is collected and separated into solid and liquid fractions. The solids are transported offsite for use in compost and fertiliser on nearby farm land. Wastewater is filtered to remove fine solids and is then passed through ozone treatment for disinfection. Once disinfected, it passes into two settlement and storage dams and is irrigated onto the BIC leased farm land in the drier summer months.