Rio Arade and Olhão join ten other Portuguese auctions with food safety certification

In the Algarve, Sagres, Quarteira and Vila Real de Santo António also saw their certification renewed

Rio Arade and Olhão, along with Peniche, are the three new Portuguese auctions to achieve ISO22000 certification, by APCER, of the food safety management system implemented by Docapesca.

Docapesca obtained ISO22000 certification, by APCER, for the food safety management system of nine auctions in the last five years, to which these three are now added.

This year, in addition to extending the certification to these three new auctions, the certification of the auctions in Sagres, Quarteira, Vila Real de Santo António, Viana do Castelo, Póvoa de Varzim, Aveiro, Figueira da Foz, Sesimbra and Setúbal was also renewed .

As the hygiene and food safety of fish is one of Docapesca's "strategic objectives", the company has been "strengthening the conditions of food safety and quality through the requalification of buildings and equipment and the improvement of organizational procedures, with a view to implementing of a qualified food safety management system'.

This certification is considered by Docapesca as "essential", insofar as the company "is responsible for applying food safety standards to fish traded in auctions on the Portuguese mainland, also contributing to the enhancement of the product and to the reinforcement of traceability of fish and information to the consumer'.

“This guarantees, in an independent and impartial way, the recognition that the products are supplied in a safe way, with quality and in compliance with the requirements defined by the ISO 22000 standards”, explains Docapesca.