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24.10.05
Cornish Processor Nets Top Award

Seafish Chief Executive, John Rutherford and Seafish board members visiting Mark Greet at the Falfish factory in RedruthSeafish Chief Executive, John Rutherford and Seafish board members visiting Mark Greet at the Falfish factory in Redruth

Cornish Fish processors Falmouth Fishselling Ltd (Falfish) of Redruth have become the first Cornish company to achieve the prestigious Seafish Higher Level Fish processor award.

Two years ago Falfish moved from two sites, one on the Docks in Falmouth and the other at Stable Hobba in Newlyn to much larger premises on the Cardew Industrial Estate in Redruth. This was a significant investment and was carried out with the aim of bringing all of the company's operations under one roof, where quality and hygiene practices could be strictly controlled. Mark Greet, Managing Director said "We have invested a great deal of time and money into the new factory which has been designed to meet and, in many cases, exceed existing standards – so to achieve this award is recognition of our efforts."

To qualify for the independently-accredited award businesses are assessed against a wide array of parameters numbering over 250 in total. All aspects of the business are looked at from the reception area of the factory right through to the paperwork systems that support the production of their products. Falfish have been advised throughout the accreditation process by Seafood Cornwall, which has been set up with Objective One funding to help all sectors of the industry raise quality standards.

Nathan de Rozarieux, Project Director at Seafood Cornwall said "We are pleased to have been able to assist Falfish receive this award and hope this will encourage more companies to come forward."

Mickey Bacon, Quality Adviser for Seafood Cornwall explained that the Quality Processor Award can help reassure buyers of a companies ability to supply safe, quality products every time. "The Award recognises excellence within the industry and allows buyers to buy with confidence. In addition to reassuring existing customers it also demonstrates to potential new customers the ability of the Award holder to produce safe, quality products without exception," said Mr Bacon.

For further information please contact Jon Lansley of Cornwall Sea Fisheries Resource Centre on 01736 3643244 or email: jon@cfrc.org.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Falmouth Fishselling Company and the Seafood Cornwall project through the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance Fund (FIFG).

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Editor's notes:

Seafood Cornwall, an Objective One Fisheries Programme grant funded project, offers advice to industry on fish quality issues and is working to improve marketing and promotion of fish and seafood. Seafood Cornwall is based at the Cornwall Fisheries Resource Centre, 78b The Strand, Newlyn, contact Nathan de Rozarieux, 01736 874304. For more information about the project visit www.seafoodcornwall.org.uk.

Seafish are the national body for the seafood industry. Seafish Quality Processor Award holders have been inspected by independent auditors to ensure that the highest standards are maintained. The inspection covers all aspects of the business including, Factory and staff hygiene, Seafood handling practices, Food Safety, HACCP and management controls. Award holders are reinspected annually to ensure they maintain the high standards required to remain within the award scheme. Falmouth Fish Selling Company is one of only 34 award holders nationally.

Falfish have been trading since 1979. The company is one of the largest fish processors in Cornwall and supplies a wide range of fresh and frozen fish to trade customers and multiple retailers in the UK and throughout Europe.

Falfish employs 70 people.

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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