Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) is amongst the third-party certification programs included in Sysco Corp.’s renewed commitment to sourcing sustainable seafood.

On Sept. 7, Sysco announced that it has expanded its sustainable seafood sourcing policy, including BAP amongst the third-party aquaculture certification programs from which it pledged to source product from for its top five Sysco brand farmed seafood species.

Specifically, Sysco pledged to source two-star BAP seafood, meaning that the product originates from a BAP-certified farm and processing plant. BAP is the only third-party aquaculture certification program with seafood processing plant standards.

Currently, there are 1,376 BAP-certified farms, processing plants, hatcheries and feed mills worldwide. BAP is the world’s most comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification program, with standards encompassing environmental responsibility, social responsibility, food safety, animal health and welfare and traceability.

Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. The company operates approximately 200 distribution facilities serving approximately 425,000 customers.