What happens when the labeling is not unique and different brands can be used to certify the authenticity of a product? This is what happens in the fish sector, where there are numerous certification systems for organic fish and not all of them are properly adequate.
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Know read the labels, we have already told you, it is essential to be able to extricate yourself from the tide of writings and symbols that invade supermarkets and learn how to to consume critically and intelligently. But what happens when thelabeling is not unique and can different brands be used to certify the authenticity of a product? This is what happens in the fish sector, where there are numerous certification systems for organic fish and not all of them are properly adequate.
Indeed, if it is true that our seas suffer more and morepollution and climate changes, then it appears obvious how responsible fisheries and aquaculture can offer valuable help in resisting these disasters.
And that's exactly why WWF tried to shed some light by commissioning an independent consultant, Accenture (Accenture Development Partnerships – ADP), uno study on certification systems for fish products. Set eco-labels (MSC, Naturland, Friend of the Sea, Krav, AIDCP, Mel-Japan and Southern Rocklobster) were compared on the basis of FAO 2005 guidelines, of the standards developed byInternational Social Environmental Accreditation and Labelling Alliance (ISEAL) and the WWF criteria for an ecosystem managed and therefore sustainable fishery.
The biggest differences were found in the transparency, in the availability of information and in the structure and accuracy of the schemes. To pass the test was the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), with a score of over 95 percent compliance with the criteria used.
MSC, born in 1997 thanks to an agreement between WWF and Unilever, is today an independent organization with standards that guarantee a ecological fishing and pay attention to marine biodiversity; for example, the MSC label guarantees that only a quantity of fish proportional to the reproductive capacity of the species is caught.
Even MSC, however, does not take into consideration some parameters deemed necessary: therefore we just have to wait for the changes to be made improvements needed or that a unique and rigorous certification system that allows us consumers to buy good fish, possibly local and right also for our seas, rivers and lakes.Eleonora Cresci