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KD Pharma omega-3 wins sustainability backing

'This is an important milestone for KD Pharma,' says company vice president

German omega-3 player KD Pharma has received sustainable fishery certification from industry watchdog Friend of the Sea (FOS).

The company is permitted to display the FOS eco-label on its bulk oil and food supplement products as a result of the certification.

This is an important milestone for KD Pharma, emphasizing not only our excellence in omega-3 manufacturing, but also underscoring KD Pharma’s commitment to sustainability and preserving marine environments,” said René Kamminga, the company’s vice president for nutrition & business development at KD Pharma.

KD Pharma receives its omega-3 oil exclusively from FOS approved suppliers, from trimmings of squid, cod and tuna, and from anchovies and sardines.

The mixing of fish oil sourced from approved and non-approved sources is avoided by the adoption of a chain of custody, from the fishery to the processing of the finished product, the company said.

FOS criteria include:

  • Non-overexploited target stock according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation, Regional Fishery Bodies and National Marine Authorities;
  • No relevant impact on the seabed;
  • Selective fishing method (a maximum of 8% discards);
  • No bycaught species included in the IUCN Redlist of endangered species;
  • Compliance with legal requirements (including TACs, no IUU, no FOC, mesh size, min size, MPA, etc);
  • Energy balance and yearly fuel efficiency improvement;
  • Waste management;
  • Social accountability. 

KD Pharma has in recent years also invested in sustainable practices including rainwater recovery for cooling purposes and deriving thermal energy from waste oil. 

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