In Marine Harvest our objective is always to deliver food products with high technical and nutritional quality to meet customer requirements and consumer expectations.
For technical quality, our products will conform to the specifications we have agreed with our customers. For nutritional quality, we ensure our fish and fish products provide excellent protein with important minerals, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids.
Technical quality specifications cover parameters such as quality grade, trim, the content of fat and pigment and the packaging specifications. It also covers microbiological quality, which determines the shelf life of fresh products.
Nutritional quality relates to the role of fish and fish products as natural healthy food. Fish, and specifically fatty fish, are rich in important minerals, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids.
Important minerals found in fish include iodine and selenium.
Key vitamins in fish are vitamin A, D, B1, B2, B3 and B12.
The important long chain omega-3 fatty acids are EPA and DHA, which are highly beneficial for human health. Fat contents and fatty acid profiles of fish can vary depending on fish size, time of the year and raw materials used in the feed.
Our farmed fish derive the minerals, vitamins and fatty acids from the components of their diet. For that reason, we hold detailed discussions on feed specifications with our feed suppliers to ensure that all these valuable nutrients are present in its farmed fish.