KD Pharma omega-3 wins sustainability backing

By Michael HURLEY

- Last updated on GMT

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

Related tags Omega-3 fatty acid Sustainability

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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