FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 26, 2016
Media Contact: Ellen Krsnak
(907) 929-5273 x210 direct, (907) 538-9793 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cannon Fish Company Earns British Retail Consortium (BRC) Certification
Plant is committed to the stringent food safety standards of the Global Food Safety Initiative.
Kent, Washington – Cannon Fish Company (CFC) has earned the Global Food Safety Initiatives’ British Retail Consortium (BRC) certification. Successfully completing the BRC audit was a priority for CFC after opening the new processing plant in March of 2015. The comprehensive audit evaluated the critically important process that CFC uses to ensure food safety in all products produced throughout the facility.
“Cannon implemented BRC standards through our internal policies when the plant opened, and has been maintaining and refining them over the past 10 months. Food safety is our number one priority at Cannon and it was gratifying to receive an “A” grade on our first BRC audit,” explains Pat Rogan, Cannon Fish Company’s President.
BRC is a leading recognized scheme benchmarked against the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). A food safety management scheme is recognized by GFSI when it meets internationally recognized minimum food safety requirements developed by multi stakeholders. The Global Food BRC is a leading safety and quality certification program, used by over 21,000 certified suppliers in 90 countries, with certification issued through a worldwide network of accredited certification bodies to standardize international food safety standards.
“Cannon is part of a unique seafood company serving a charitable purpose; BRC certification allows us to grow our custom processing business, which positively impacts our member communities in rural Alaska. Cannon’s disciplined approach to quality assurance echoes throughout our seafood operations and ties directly to the expectations we have of our vessels and processing plants in Alaska,” reports Larry Cotter, APICDA CEO.
The Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association (APICDA) is one of six western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) corporations. The CDQ program allocates a percentage of all Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands quotas for groundfish, halibut and crab. APICDA and its subsidiary companies generate proceeds through the management of the quotas to fulfill its purpose of developing stable local economies in six remote villages in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands.
APICDA acquired CFC in August 2013. Cannon Fish Company is a value-added seafood processing and marketing company that caters to a nationwide network of retailers, restaurants, specialty grocers and institutions.