Rep. Mike Chenault presents John Faulkner of Kenai Landing Custom Processors their AQS Certificate at Kenai Chamber meeting.
The Alaska Quality Standards (AQS) for fish processing is a new program aimed at helping Alaskan seafood products gain recognition in the market place for its superior quality. At last weeks Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting Representative Mike Chenault presented John Faulkner of Kenai Landing Custom Processors with the first official 2005 AQS certificate. The AQS is starting to gain domestic and international recognition as a credible program for implementing and maintaining quality control standards for seafood production. “It means the buyer is assured through an independent process that the product being delivered to the consumer meets rigid standards of grading, flesh color, scale loss, and core temperatures, all things that effect the quality and uniformity of the meat, and we believe that the consumer over a period time will start looking for the AQS certification in the future as they would a USDA equivalent,” said Faulkner.
In accepting the award Faulkner praised those responsible in developing the AQS program and implementing it at Kenai Landing Custom Processors, “We could not have done it without Sean Crosby and Karen Holbrook. They along with the Kenai Wild Board were instrumental in creating the AQS program and implementing it at Kenai Landing. Pursuing quality takes a lot of work and there were a lot of people involved in implementing those quality standards and more importantly maintaining them. In the face of large volumes of fish there are efforts to cut corners and our staff refused to do that and I’m particularly proud of them for that and because of their efforts I hope we have better and more satisfied consumers because we deliver them a superior product,” said Faulkner.
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