The Organic Aquaculture regulations in Europe and benefits for the consumer
All Organic production in the European Union is regulated by Regulation 834/2007. This Regulation has subsequently been extended by Regulations 889/2008; 710/2009 and its successive modifications.
Briefly summarised, we could say that Organic Aquaculture meets all these regulations, which are demanding and complex and regulate the whole process; production environment, breeding process, feeding, management, animal welfare, elaboration process and the influence of all this on the environment without forgetting the strictest health guarantees and quality product for the consumer.
In turn, the fulfilment of all these conditions is monitored by an independent external body, authorised by the EU. They have the right at any time to enter into any part of the company and carry out checks on any situation, taking samples to analyse raw materials as well as products, as well as the water before and after production and anything else they like, including complete traceability and accounting. All the suppliers of the company have to fulfil the same conditions and undergo the same procedures.
This comprehensive control system is an important guarantee for the demanding consumer, when consuming a product from Organic Aquaculture they know they are enjoying a good and healthy product, free from growth accelerators, chemical residues, pesticides, GMO’s and any other products dangerous to their health, as well as knowing that the production respects the environment and animal welfare.
In the three fish farms belonging to Riofrío 1963, where we breed and care for the sturgeon we obtain Caviar de Riofrío from, we do not use pumps to move the water. All the movement is produced by the natural flow of the water thanks to the terrain of the riverbanks of the Frío river. We don’t need any elevation or temperature reduction systems, because the water source is less than 300 metres away from the highest farm at a temperature of between 14-16 degrees. Our production really is “0 Km”, as the whole process, from spawning to packaging is carried out in the same location over the course of 18 years.
A third of the surface of the facilities is used to purify and clean the water through natural vegetation, so that it is returned to the river once again in optimal conditions and the wetland we recreate encourages a wide variety of native birdlife. We can, therefore speak of zero impact.