Do you feel a little lost sometimes in the jungle of acronyms, labels, logos and quality standards? The purpose of this section is to help you decipher them and to explain their relevance to you. Follow our guided tour of these certifications granted by independent organisations to help you make well-informed choices…

‘Organic‘ products


Naturland_02This organic logo is applied to organic products and it certifies an agricultural or aquacultural production following specific standards. In concrete terms, the organic Escal sea food is characterised in the following manner:
Absence of chemicals and additives.
Healthy food thanks to responsible and sustainable production methods.
No genetic manipulation, no GMOs.
Choice of sites, water quality control and protection of ecosystems.
 Respect of local communities and commitments in terms of local development.

Granted to producers at the end of their certification by an independent organization that is itself certified, the European organic logo is going to complement and then replace the national logos.  Escal is currently European organic certified with the AB and Naturland certifications for its Strasbourg and Neunhoffen units.

To access the range of Escal organic products, click here
For more information on organic products, click here

MSC, ASC and GlobalGAP substainable products

Out of the sustainable chains for seafood, Escal has chosen two: one for sustainable fishing and the other for sustainable aquaculture.

You might wonder « What is sustainable aquaculture and fishing? »…

The MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certification rewards the fisheries following a chart aimed at protecting the species of fish as well as the entire marine ecosystem.  In practical terms, the MSC fisheries

  • are respectful of the sustainability of the stocks, no overexploitation of resources
  • ensure the preservation of the ecosystem, mainly thanks to the  measures for limiting the catch of non-target species
  • are efficient in their management system and accept the MSC Code of Conduct.

The entire chain, right from the fishery to stocking the shelves, is certified by independent organisations. The products are identified on the shelves by the acronym MSC.  Escal has been sporting the MSC certification for several years now, with an independent annual audit. MSC-C-51046

For more information on the MSC Marine Stewardship Council programme, click here

Logo ASC Escal is committed to responsible aquaculture and supports the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). The ASC’s mission is to transform aquaculture towards environmental sustainability and social responsibility using efficient market mechanisms that create value across the chain.

For more information on the ASC programme, click here.

Label Rouge

Label Rouge is an official quality mark granted by the Ministry of Agriculture assuring a quality that is superior to that of the standard products of the same kind. Label Rouge is regularly validated using sensory tests by a panel of consumers or a jury of experts. The Label Rouge is an official mark of superior quality that appears along with the trade names of products. It is the State that assigns the Label Rouge for a product after studying and validating the Label Rouge standards and the related control plan.

In 1995, Escal, known for its expertise in the preparation of frozen traditional Burgundy snails (Escargots de Bourgogne), obtained the prestigious Label Rouge for its prepared Burgundy Snails. Since then, Escal has been successfully passing the renewal audits of Label Rouge for its frozen snails.

For more information on the Label Rouge certification:  www.labelrouge.fr and www.paq.fr

IFS Certification

The IFS (International Food Standard) is an international frame of reference with the main objective of food safety and quality.  It was designed by the players in mass distribution to help them check if their suppliers have all the required competencies by using a single tool. The audit meets quality standards for all the aspects of the company. It applies to 325 specific items on production and testing of food, quality management, the HACCP (production risk analysis), building, traceability and procedures. This certification goes beyond the obligations imposed additionally by the European regulation.

IFS certified for 12 years now, Escal has achieved the highest level since 2008 and has integrated Gourmet d’Alsace into the process in 2010 as well as Kauffer’s in2011. In addition to improving the competitiveness of Escal, setting up of annual IFS audits helped the company to structure the production process in a new manner and to find areas of improvement as well as many ideas.

For further information on the IFS certification, click here

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