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NFFF Training Academy’s MSC certification takes seafood sustainability to next level

The National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) have been awarded MSC certification for their well-equipped Training Academy, which offers a variety of leading training courses for both new starters or existing chip shop personnel to learn new skills and knowledge.

The certification marks a significant step for the NFFF as it develops its position as the leading training academy for the fish and chip shop sector, as it helps drive the seafood sustainability agenda.

The news builds on the development last year that saw NFFF offer MSC certification to businesses as part of the Quality Award process. This cheaper application process is proving a great success with many chippies getting MSC certification to promote traceable, certified sustainable fish by using the blue ecolabel on their menu.

The certification of the academy marks an important step in helping the industry with sustainability topics. Future collaboration with the MSC will see bespoke MSC seafood sustainability classes and certification workshops offered in 2017. 

Certified chippies have been delighted with the positive effect of gaining MSC certification, seeing a boost to the development of their businesses and values for both staff and customers.

The growing number of chippies using the MSC label, shows that the fish and chip sector is leading the restaurant trade towards sustainability.

There are currently over 85 MSC certified fish and chip shops in the UK, with many of them doing well in the National Fish and Chip Awards. This year over two thirds (70%) of the finalists for the awards had MSC certification and use the blue label on their fish and chips.

In January, 9 out of ten finalists for the most prestigious awards, the National Takeaway of the Year Award, were MSC certified, which is a great success story for the industry and demonstrates their commitment to sustainable seafood.

Gregg Howard NFFF President states; "The joint calibration of the MSC certification and the NFFF Quality Award was set to improve standards and practices across the industry and we are delighted with the amount of shops who have joined the scheme. They’re promoting the hard work we put into this industry and are reaching wider audiences with the message that best practice and sustainability are key for a business to grow. The NFFF are the leading independent provider of fish and chip training across the UK - MSC certification of the academy will benefit the hundreds of students being trained here each year; we believe it’s essential we teach seafood sustainability and best practice now and for the next generation, across the industry." 

George Clark, MSC UK Commercial Manager commented on the NFFF’s latest development with the MSC;

"The NFFF has played a significant role in promoting seafood sustainability since offering MSC certification as part of their Quality Award scheme in April 2016, making the process easier, quicker and cheaper than ever. The certification of the Training Academy is the next significant step for the NFFF and aligns with their efforts to drive the sustainability agenda in the industry. By achieving MSC certification for their Training Academy the NFFF can now use the distinctive blue MSC ecolabel when cooking up sustainable fish in their training centre.”

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Date : 13-03-2017
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