Shetland’s seafood industry thrives on a clear commitment to quality, and it guards this approach jealously and rigorously.

SSQC is an independent quality assurance organisation which was initially formed to maintain and strengthen Shetland’s reputation for high quality seafood products, established in 1985.

The company now specialises in providing a comprehensive range of independent quality assured inspection, analytical, environmental and consultancy services predominately to the food and seafood industries.  The aim is to continually measure, monitor, and enforce strict standards which are recognised as exceeding the benchmark for the industry internationally.

In its work, SSQC carries out regular random visits throughout the Shetland seafood industry and collects samples for full laboratory analysis to maintain quality standards.

With over 30 years’ experience, SSQC now has some of the most advanced equipment available to conduct stringent quality control testing, and is involved with all sectors of the seafood industry in Shetland to offer:

  • full testing services for all Shetland seafood produce at UKAS accredited laboratory facilities
  • continual monitoring of the catches at Shetland’s modern, chilled fish markets to ensure rigorous quality control practices
  • regular monitoring of aquaculture facilities, processors and packing stations to ensure that proper quality management is maintained.
  • Socio-economic, environmental, quality control and business development consultancy services.