From pond to shelf, farmed shrimp goes through a complex supply chain made up of thousands of actors. Data about its farm and country of origin, species, embedded environmental impact, and conditions of production can be easily lost along the way. Compelled by consumer and investor demand for better transparency, retailers are beginning to realize the need for full end-to-end traceability systems to ensure they can track products and feed ingredients back to their source.
Traceability in Farmed Shrimp
Today’s shrimp supply chains are long, complex, and often opaque. Without visibility, it is impossible to handle food safety concerns, prove legality, and verify sustainability—all issues that consumers, investors, regulators, and media are increasingly demanding. Traceability is essential to demonstrating that a product is ethically and sustainably sourced.
Despite the growing number of regulations being put in place, opportunities for fraud, labor rights violations, and environmental degradation remain extensive in the food sector – especially in the seafood industry. It is incredibly challenging to document activities that occur far from the shore with little to no monitoring mechanisms, such as illegal transshipment of both food and feed products, human rights violations on fishing vessels, or even destruction of natural ecosystems. If traders are unable to track the origin of products, it puts company reputations all along the supply chain at risk, raises significant shareholder concerns, and impacts brand value and corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Traceability has become recognized as an integral process to address issues of food safety and food quality by governments and businesses and to verify claims of sustainable and responsible production. When retailers know which farms, processors, and feed producers played a role in producing their goods, they can hold them accountable, drive improvement, and help move the industry towards more environmentally and socially responsible practices.