Feed to food quality and safety - Nutrace

How we work with transparency and trust

For us in Skretting, it's essential to increase the transparency and traceability of food production along the supply chain. Combining the latest technology and science with the dedication of our staff to produce the highest quality feed, we do our utmost to ensure that our business operations adhere to our own strict environmental guidelines. Nutrace® is Skretting’s unique, global feed-to-food quality and safety system. It ensures consistency throughout the production process, from raw materials to final feed solutions. Built on five strong pillars, Nutrace ensures that our customers and end consumers can have full confidence with regard to feeds in the farmed fish and shrimp value chain. 

Ensuring food quality and safety - Nutrace

Nutrace® is Skretting’s unique company-wide management program that ensures feed-to-food quality and safety. Nutrace is continuously evolving to ensure that all potential risks associated with Skretting’s fish and shrimp feed production are minimised, and that any irregularities are found quickly and acted on. This unique concept allows our customers and end-consumers to have full confidence in Skretting as a transparent and trustworthy partner.

All internal operations are audited and all suppliers undergo a comprehensive evaluation and approval process to ensure premium-quality, renewable and responsibly managed resources. We conduct robust analyses and have full traceability of all approved raw materials - at delivery, throughout the formulation process, and up to the point of feed delivery.

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Certified quality and food safety

Skretting has implemented several international certfications, systems and internal procedures at its plants. Third-party independent bodies, our customers and parent company Nutreco check and audit these standards on a regular basis.

Most Skretting plants are certified to the ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) and ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard (EMS). Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) are implemented in all plants. A number of our plants are GLOBALG.A.P and/or Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certified while some of our laboratories are also ISO 17025 accredited. Further certifications at some Skretting plants include ISO 22000 (food safety) and 45001 (Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems). Many Skretting companies are ASC compliant and deliver to ASC certified farmers.

Ingredient and supplier assessment and management

We ensure only healthy, safe and sustainable raw materials are used for the production of fish and shrimp feeds, through common standard procedures for assessing and managing combinations of ingredients, manufacturers and suppliers.

All the information related to feed ingredients and suppliers is stored in global databases, which are shared throughout the Nutreco organisation. Only approved combinations of ingredients, manufacturers and suppliers are used by Skretting companies.

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Monitoring & control

Since 2002, all Skretting companies have followed a harmonised, detailed and comprehensive global monitoring programme which covers undesirable substances from raw materials to finished feeds. This also applies to newly acquired companies which are incorporated in a systematic way.

All our feeds and additional raw materials are monitored according to a targeted list of undesirable substances. Ingredients are analysed following standarised analytical procedures. Only approved laboratories are allowed to conduct the analyses. All analytical data is stored in Skretting’s global Laboratory Information Management System and is shared among the Skretting companies and other stakeholders such as relevant authorities. We use a standardised internal rapid alert and follow-up system as well as an external notification procedure.

Risk management

Nutrace ensures professional crisis handling, should an emergency arise. It covers food safety and crisis management for correct decisions to be taken in order to minimise risks and for unwanted situations to be handled in a correct manner.

Regular training and tests are undertaken by Skretting companies to ensure they are well prepared to handle an unwanted situation or crisis in an effective and appropriate manner.

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Tracking & tracing

Tracking & Tracing ensures an efficient information flow between Skretting, our suppliers, fish farmers and fish buyers.

We have an electronic system in place that precisely traces feed batches back to their raw materials. It provides accurate and accessible records of all ingredients, production processes and feed deliveries. This system delivers rapid upstream and downstream information, which is essential for an efficient recall programme. The Tracking & Tracing System ensures current and legal requirements are in place and also takes into account specifications from customers.

Certifications and standards

About the certifications and standards

Nutrace

Skretting’s company-wide management programme that ensures feed-to-food quality and safety. All Skretting companies shall adhere to these standards.

ISO

Independent NGO working to bring together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant International standards supporting innovation and providing solutions to global challenges.

GLOBALG.A.P.

Work with trained inspectors and auditors working for accredited certification bodies to perform independent third-party producer audits and issue certificates.

ASC

Work with scientists, conservation groups, NGOs, aquaculture producers, seafood processors, retail and foodservice companies and consumers to recognise and reward responsible aquaculture.

BAP

Trusted third-party aquaculture certification program. Work with improving the environmental, social and economic performance of the aquaculture supply chain and growing the global supply of responsibly farmed seafood.

Naturland

Standards with holistic approach, sustainable management, nature conservation and climate protection in actual practice, preserving and maintaining the soil, air and water, as well as consumer protection.

HALAL

The primary reason for Halal Certification is to serve the national and international Muslim communities in meeting their religious compliance.

HACCP

Management system where food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product.

Label Rouge

Sign of quality assurance in France as defined by Law No. 2006-11. Products eligible for the Label Rouge are food items and non-food and unprocessed agricultural products such as flowers.

GMP

Regulations requiring a quality approach to manufacturing, enabling companies to minimise or eliminate instances of contamination, mixups, and errors.

OHSAS

OHSAS 1800:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management Certification is an international standard providing a framework to identify, control and decrease the risks associated with health and safety within the workplace.

FQC

Independent certification & training body established to help organisations achieve excellence and world class competitiveness through the application of various International Standards.

FeedAssure®

Comprehensive feed safety management and certification program developed by ANAC for the Canadian feed industry in 1999.

FeedSafe

The SFMCA operates FeedSafe® as the Quality Assurance Accreditation Program for the Australian stock feed industry.

EU Organic regulations

The EU organic regulations lay down detailed rules on organic production and labelling of organic products.