Information requirement prepared or preserved product – fish and shellfish

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Transparent information regarding where the fish is caught, with what fishing gear or aquaculture method facilitates for the consumer and increase the possibility of transferring information regarding sustainability aspects in the food chain. Procuring agencies who chooses to use special contract terms for prepared or preserved products contribute to increased dissemination of information regarding relevant traceability parameters.  

Special contract terms RequirementID: 11112: 1

At the latest at the start of the contract and continuously during the contract period,  the supplier must provide written information regarding the ingredients of fish and/or shellfish for prepared or preserved products included in the contract and including one or more ingredients of fish and/or shellfish with a total content of fish and/or shellfish above 20%:

  • The production method (caught/farmed)
  • The area where the product was caught of farmed (FAO fishing area code, including subareas for FAO area 27)/farming country
  • Category of fishing gear/ method of farming
  • Commercial designation of the species
  • Scientific name of the species

*Prepared or preserved products of fish, shellfish and molluscs refers to products covered by the commodity codes 1604 and 1605 in the WCO harmonized system (HS) classification and the European Union Combined Nomenclature (CN codes), i.e prepared or preserved products containing more than 20% percentage by weight of fish, crustaceans, molluscs and/or other aquatic invertebrates. See example products in information about the requirement. 

Verification

The supplier must describe in the tender how they intend to fulfill the contract terms during the fulfillment of the contract, for example by only supplying labeled products or that the information when requested can be provided in another way.

Perform a random sample of supplied batch (unit/package). Request the information from your supplier if it is not presented on the package. The information can for example be provided by:

  • Labelling on every batch (unit/package)
  • A product database or website with information regarding the specific article.
  • The certifying companies for certified and labelled products can provide the information with access to the products name, expiration/use-before date, lot number and Chain of Custody number.
  • For imported products from a non-EU country: Catch certificate with complementary information regarding category of fishing gear and aquaculture.    
  • Other written statement from the supplier including the demanded information.

Requirement ID 11112 is developed for other fishery-and aquaculture products than the ones mentioned in a, b, c and e in annex I to the Regulation on the common organization of the market for fishery and aquaculture products (EU) no 1397/2013 and are subject to legal demands regarding information of  commercial designation, production method and fishing area according to article 35 in the same Regulation.   The legal requirement covers for example whole fish, fillets, fresh, frozen, chilled, salted or smoked products and boiled shrimp with shells but does not include prepared or preserved products such as for example seasoned marinades and breaded products (see more examples below).

The requirement goes beyond the Regulations’ demands in demanding the information to be available for all products containing more than 20% percentage by weight of fish, crustaceans, molluscs and/or other aquatic invertebrates, for example by use of traceability-labelling, directly on the package or by referring to an updated website, product catalogue or similar. Referral can be appropriate for products for which the recipe varies according to season and ingredient-availability. Please observe that one product may contain several ingredients of fish and/or shellfish. In these cases, the information must be provided for all marine and/or aquatic ingredients.      

Requirement ID 11112 is developed for other fishery-and aquaculture products than the ones mentioned in a, b, c and e in annex I to the Regulation on the common organization of the market for fishery and aquaculture products (EU) no 1397/2013 and are subject to legal demands regarding information of  commercial designation, production method and fishing area according to article 35 in the same Regulation.   The legal requirement covers for example whole fish, fillets, fresh, frozen, chilled, salted or smoked products and boiled shrimp with shells but does not include prepared or preserved products such as for example seasoned marinades and breaded products (see more examples below).

The requirement goes beyond the Regulations’ demands in demanding the information to be available for all products containing more than 20% percentage by weight of fish, crustaceans, molluscs and/or other aquatic invertebrates, for example by use of traceability-labelling, directly on the package or by referring to an updated website, product catalogue or similar. Referral can be appropriate for products for which the recipe varies according to season and ingredient-availability. Please observe that one product may contain several ingredients of fish and/or shellfish. In these cases, the information must be provided for all marine and/or aquatic ingredients.      

Requirement ID 11112 is developed for other fishery-and aquaculture products than the ones mentioned in a, b, c and e in annex I to the Regulation on the common organization of the market for fishery and aquaculture products (EU) no 1397/2013 and are subject to legal demands regarding information of  commercial designation, production method and fishing area according to article 35 in the same Regulation.   The legal requirement covers for example whole fish, fillets, fresh, frozen, chilled, salted or smoked products and boiled shrimp with shells but does not include prepared or preserved products such as for example seasoned marinades and breaded products (see more examples below).

The requirement goes beyond the Regulations’ demands in demanding the information to be available for all products containing more than 20% percentage by weight of fish, crustaceans, molluscs and/or other aquatic invertebrates, for example by use of traceability-labelling, directly on the package or by referring to an updated website, product catalogue or similar. Referral can be appropriate for products for which the recipe varies according to season and ingredient-availability. Please observe that one product may contain several ingredients of fish and/or shellfish. In these cases, the information must be provided for all marine and/or aquatic ingredients.      

  • RequirementID: 11112: 1
  • Latest version 2019-06-26

Versionshistorik

2019-06-26: Changed requirement type from technical specification to special contract terms. Changed name from product traceability compound products to information requriement prepared or preserved product, added definition according to CMO regarding products that are included + example products.