vol.24 ミドリムシとクロレラで世界初のASC-MSC藻類認証を取得せよ。 | サステナブルタイムズ by ユーグレナ | Sustainable Times by euglena

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With Euglena
With chlorella
World's first ASC-MSC algae
Get certified.

Euglena chlorella raw material is the Olympic
Obtained international certification for marine product procurement standards

2018.03 – 2019.01


One month after joining the company
The world's first certification acquisition project entrusted by the president Izumo

One day in 2017, Izumo, the president, sent an email to Asayama, the chief of the Material Development and Quality Assurance Division.
"I want you to proceed to obtain ASC-MSC seaweed (algae) certification for the first time in the world."

Kanayama, who was in Cc: of the email, became interested and immediately offered to take charge.
"Mr. Asayama, from my previous work experience, no one has done it, and I have the advantage of finding out how to proceed from the beginning. Can you leave me in charge?"

Asayama thought for a while and said:
"... Mr. Kanayama, this is your first big job at Euglena

-Kanayama thought, "It seems like a venture company to be entrusted with the world's first project at this speed," and at the same time, I found it interesting. In my previous job, there were few parts where the law could be changed strictly depending on the type of business, and the type of work was also decided to some extent. Euglena Co., Ltd. with a longing for "a company with great changes".

Kanayama in business

In this way, Kanayama started to acquire ASC-MSC seaweed (algae) certification as the main person in charge.

Collecting information from scratch and
Encounter with friends who cooperate

ASC certification is "an international certification system for marine products produced by responsible aquaculture methods that are environmentally and socially friendly", and MSC certification is "international for marine products caught in sustainable and environmentally friendly fisheries". It's a certification system.
Both ASC certification and MSC certification are internationally recognized certification systems that have been adopted as food procurement standards for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, and the past London and Rio Olympics. However, although the number of ASC and MSC acquisitions in Japan has begun to increase recently, it is still small compared to Europe and the United States.

Under such circumstances, Euglena tried to acquire the "ASC-MSC seaweed (algae) certification", which was jointly formulated by ASC and MSC in March 2018. With the establishment of this certification, seaweeds and algae that were not previously subject to ASC and MSC certification can now obtain ASC and MSC certification, and Euglena will take the lead in the world. For the first time, they are trying to obtain "ASC-MSC seaweed (algae) certification".

The ASC-MSC seaweed (algae) certification itself has just come into effect in March 2018.
Kanayama struggled because he was told, "I don't know because I haven't done it," and asked more than a dozen companies and experts to interview him and worked hard to collect information. In addition, we searched for a certification body and asked Amita, who has acquired ASC certification in Japan several times in the past, for certification examination.

Kanayama (right) explaining at the time of certification examination

By the time ASC-MSC seaweed (algae) certification was obtained, on-site inspections were conducted twice at the factory in Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Prefecture, which actually produces Euglena and Chlorella. Due to internationally recognized certification, employees are not working in a hostile environment, equipment is operating in a safe environment, and waste and wastewater treatment is carried out in a sustainable manner. A rigorous examination was conducted to see if there were any complaints from the local people.

In addition, as we were working toward the acquisition of certification for the first time in the world, in addition to the on-site inspection, there were several requests from ASC and MSC to send additional data after the audit, and the long road continued. In order to obtain ASC-MSC seaweed (algae) certification, which is a global standard, the company's rules are adjusted to those overseas, and in part, explanations are given to the certification body so that the certification body can understand the concept of Japanese laws and regulations. Although it had to be negotiated, Kanayama worked positively with the help Our
For example, Nakano, the director of the Production Technology Research Institute, which cultivates green worms and chlorella at the Ishigakijima factory, submits the data of the factory, and Adachi, a researcher of the Production Technology Research Institute, prepares the materials related to equipment and industrial waste. Since the researcher, Ozono, is an expert in drainage and water, he was always willing to help with the preparation of related materials, and the general affairs of Yaeyama Sangyo, Misaki, was always willing to help with the preparation of materials and labor contracts regarding the working styles of Yaeyama Sangyo's colleagues.

Olympic food procurement standards and international certification system
Obtained "ASC-MSC algae (seaweed) certification"

And January 2019.
As a result of the efforts of Kanayama et al., The euglena raw material and chlorella raw material produced by Euglena and Yaeyama Sangyo have acquired "ASC-MSC seaweed (algae) certification" for the first time in the world.

World's first certificate of ASC-MSC seaweed (algae) certification

Kanayama says with glittering eyes, "I want customers not only in Japan but also overseas to enjoy the ingredients of Euglena and Chlorella grown in the beautiful nature of Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Prefecture."

The acquisition of "ASC-MSC seaweed (algae) certification" was Euglena 's management philosophy of "health for people and the earth."

SDGs working to acquire "ASC-MSC seaweed (algae) certification"

Posted in January 2019

Euglena Data

-Meet the Olympic sustainability-friendly marine product procurement standards
What is the difference between ASC certification and MSC certification? ~

Both are environmentally and socially friendly, sustainable and responsible.
It is an international certification system for produced marine products,
The difference is that the target is aquaculture products (=) ASC certification) Or natural marine products (= MSC certification) Or


Research and Development Department
Material Development / Quality Assurance Section Manager
Hiroki Kanayama

Joined the company in April 2017. Since joining the company, he has been involved in quality assurance of Our Currently, while focusing on food quality assurance work, he is expanding his range of work to product development support and sales support work by utilizing his knowledge.

"I am very pleased to be the first in the world to obtain the ASC-MSC seaweed (algae) certification, which has been adopted as the procurement standard for marine products at the Olympic Games. I will continue to do my best to keep people and the earth healthy!"

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