We are compliant, accredited and certified

The Hout Bay Fishmeal Factory has successfully retained its IFFO (International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation) responsible supply (RS) accreditation first obtained in 2012.

This is an internationally recognised certificate for responsible sourcing, production and supply practices. An audit is conducted annually in order to maintain certification.

The plant has also implemented a FEMAS (Feed Materials Assurance Scheme), which is a third-party assurance scheme that ensures the principles of hazard analysis (HACCP), and good manufacturing practice is adequately applied during the production process.

In line with the Department of Agriculture and Forestry Act 36 of 1947, the Hout Bay Fishmeal Factory operates in accordance with the conditions of its Farm Feed Registration as well as its Sterilising Permit, which are both renewed every three years. In addition, the facility undergoes an annual inspection by the DAFF State Vet in order to ensure compliance and renewal of its ZA Registrations and this ensures that the plant is able to export product to all approved destinations. The production facility holds a permit to operate a fish-processing establishment, which is issued by the Department of Environmental Affairs and renewed annually.

Certification for operations has been attained from the following authorities

Permit to Operate a Fish Processing Establishment

Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT), Marine Living Resources Act (Section 13)

Farm Feed Registration (Act 36 of 1947)

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Fertilisers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act

Sterilising Permits (Section 3)

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Fertilisers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act

Certificate for a veterinary approved establishment (export) (Regulation 17)

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Fertilisers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act

Atmospheric Emission Licence (AEL)

City Of Cape Town: (National Environmental Management – Air Quality Act (NEM:AQA)

Industrial Effluent permit

City of Cape Town: Water & Sanitation, Waste Water and Industrial Effluent Bylaw

Waste Registration Permit

Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA:DP) — R. 625 National Environmental Management Waste Act (59 of 2008): Waste Information Regulations and the City of Cape Town (CoCT), Cape Health Care Waste Management Act (Act 7 of 2007): Western Cape Health Care Risk Waste Regulations, 2013

Empty pallets stacked outdoors (General Safety Regulations 8(5))

Department of Labour (DOL), Occupational Health & Safety Act

Environmental Management Plan

Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), National Environmental Management Act

In addition to the laws implemented by regulatory authorities, the Hout Bay Fishmeal Factory adheres to internal formal operating procedures to promote compliance, with disciplinary actions to follow transgressions. All operations are required to be conducted in a manner that ensures continued accreditation and certification, and are reviewed regularly by management.

Listed activity emissions

Hout Bay Fishmeal Factory and boiler plant operations are listed activities in terms National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act.

Listed activity emissions are regulated and the listed activity operations require an atmospheric emission licence. In recent decades, efforts to reduce the impact of fishmeal operations on affected communities were given the highest priority.

During 2012, an independent consultant was appointed by plant management to investigate further mitigation measures to decrease the non-condensable odorous emissions from the factory. In addition the hydrogen sulphide stack and ambient emissions at the plant were measured by independent and approved consultants and found to be below recommended limits. As a result of this process, the Hout Bay fishmeal plant successfully obtained an atmospheric emission licence (AEL) on 3 December 2012.