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Marine Stewardship Council Certifies Processing Plant


November 15, 2012
By Maria DiDanieli

Nov.
13, Watsonville, CA – Nordic Naturals has received the Marine Stewardship
Council (MSC) Chain of Custody certification for its processing plant in Bodø,
Norway. The MSC is an international non-profit organization that seeks to
contribute to the health of the world’s oceans, in part, by working with its
partners to transform the seafood market to a sustainable basis.

“Since
our founding, Nordic Naturals has been committed to the health of our oceans
and to sustainable fish oil manufacturing,” said Joar Opheim, the company’s CEO
and Founder. “MSC Chain of Custody certification is an important step for the
environment, for our company, and for the confidence of our customers. We are pleased
to announce that our processing plant in Norway has passed this high bar.”

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MSC
Chain of Custody certification is a comprehensive traceability program that
recognizes and rewards good management and sustainable practices. It assures
customers of the integrity of each step in the manufacturing process.

To obtain MSC Chain of Custody (CoC) certification, Nordic
Naturals had to pass an independent, third-party audit conducted by an
accredited certification body. Annual surveillance audits are also required to
demonstrate that Nordic Naturals continues to comply with the CoC certification
standards. The audits will review traceability systems, sourcing practices, and
processing to assure that the facility meets all MSC standards. Such practices
include:

  • a randomly chosen batch
    reconciliation or traceability test to measure input and output of fish
    quantities as MSC fish are processed;
  • a management control system
    that is understood and applied by all staff;
  • proper labeling and storage
    of MSC-certified fish;
  • accurate and reliable
    record-keeping.

“Nordic
Naturals is excited to work with the MSC to help improve the viability of the
oceans and fish stocks we all rely on for nutrition and good health,” Opheim
said.

Further
information about Nordic Naturals is available at www.nordicnaturals.com. Nordic Naturals is
on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nordicnaturals
and people can follow the company on Twitter at @NordicNaturals.