Verification Components

The Tuna Tracking and Verification Program (TTVP) conducts regular and periodic audits and spot checks on domestic canners and importers to ensure compliance with TTVP regulations.

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Audits

The Tuna Tracking and Verification Program formally conducts periodic audits of a company’s documentation and procedures associated with programmatic regulatory requirements. These audits include examining documents and records of internal flows of specific shipments from receipt and cold storage, to production and finished goods at a U.S. tuna cannery.

In August 2016, the TTVP made three site visits to U.S. tuna canner facilities and determined that the each company's traceability of product met TTVP requirements.

U.S. consumers should continue to maintain a high degree of confidence in the integrity of Dolphin-Safe labeled tuna products they purchase in U.S. markets.

Spot Checks

The TTVP also regularly spot checks canned/pouched tuna products in retail stores throughout the country to verify the authenticity of the Dolphin-Safe label and/or to verify that the product has been imported into the United States legally. After randomly purchasing an individual item, the TTVP asks the importer or distributor to supply the necessary documentation to substantiate its Dolphin-Safe claims.

In October 2017, TTVP staff conducted their most recent spot checks by purchasing Dolphin-Safe labeled tuna products in Oregon and Washington. The TTVP review of the submitted documentation verified that the tuna products were eligible to be labeled dolphin-safe in the U.S. marketplace.

The following links provide more information about the spot checks:

*Note: NOAA Fisheries does not recommend or endorse individual private companies or their products.

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