Fish, canned

last updated : 2020/05/14
Code Description Budget Price Ship. weight Ship. vol.
FISH, canned, sardines, veg oil, 150g on request 0.17kg 0,34L Add
FISH, canned, tuna, veg. oil 500g on request 0.53kg 1,06L Add

General information

Fish, in vegetable oil. Processed and canned.

Contaminants and toxins in the fish could come from the fish itself, the fishing grounds, from ingredients, equipment, utensils and even from the cans. These shall not exceed the levels stipulated in the specifications below or country-specific regulatory requirements, whichever is stricter.

The product must not contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), and be free from radioactive residues/elements. It cannot contain any substances originating from micro-organisms or any other poisonous or deleterious substances such as anti-nutritional factors, heavy metals, pesticide residues or toxins in amounts which may represent a hazard to health. Analysis of microbiological, chemical contaminant, toxins, heavy metals and pesticide residues must certify the product is “fit for human consumption”. The supplier shall submit related Lab reports / Declarations.

Importation of food is always subject to acceptance from the national authorities, based on their national specifications; check these before purchasing.

Impact on the local, national, or regional market availability and prices should be carefully looked at before purchasing large quantities.


For all aspects of the product, unless described otherwise below, the standard of Codex Alimentarius last edition applies, including the packaging.

Specifications vary with national regulations.  Here you will find the most commonly used specifications for tuna fish in chunks of the Scrombiform family.

Refer to HQ when offered specifications differ from our standard specifications.  These will need to be approved by a food specialist prior to purchase.

For laboratory tests, provide a minimum of 5 tins per batch.

TUNA FISH, in chunks, canned, long preservation

Fish species

Please be informed that genetic tests may be carried out to identify the fish species

Thunnus alalonga, Thunnus albacares, Thunnus atlanticus, Thunnus obesus, Thunnus macoyii, Thunnus thynnus, Thunnus tongoe, Euthynnus affinis, Euthynnus alletteratus, Euthynnus lineatus, Katsuwonus pelamis (syn. Euthynnus pelamis), Sarda chilensis, Sarda orientalis, Sarda Sarda

Type of oil

Refined sunflower oil

Colour of fish meat

White tuna, free from dark or different meat


70% max.

Content of fish meat

70% min.

Content of oil

15% min.


No water to be added to the product


2% max. of fish flesh weight


10mg/100g max.


  • Total Coliform
  • Escherichia coli
  • Salmonella
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Total count for aerobic bacteria/germs at 37°C
  • Total count for non-aerobic bacteria/germs at 37°C
  • Total count for aerobic bacteria/germs at 55°C
  • Total count for non-aerobic bacteria/germs at 55°C


  • 0 cfu/gr max.
  • 0 cfu/gr max.
  • 0 (in 25g sample)
  • 0 (in 25g sample)
  • 0 (in 25g sample)


  • Nil
  • Nil


  • Nil
  • Nil

Stability test

No pressure increase, no pH difference more than 0.5, no microbiological growth after 7 days under ISO7218

To be done by supplier immediately after production and duly reported

Heavy metals

  • Mercury
  • Cadmium
  • Lead
  • Inorganic Arsenic
  • Tin
  • Melamine
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Sodium pyrophosphate


  • 0.5 ppm max.
  • 0.05 ppm max.
  • 0.5 ppm max.
  • 1 ppm max.
  • 200 ppm max.
  • 250 ppm max.
  • 10 ppm max.
  • 40 ppm max.
  • 5g/kg max.

Presence of spores

Product should be free of all sorts of Spores, especially "Clostridium Botulinum", by eliminating them with sufficient thermal or radial treatment

Shelf life

Minimum 2 years from manufacturing date

Production date

Less than 1 year at date of delivery


To be indicated


To be indicated

Net weight


Drained weight

112g minimum



Primary packaging

Food grade can of net weight of 160g or 500g, hermetically sealed, showing no sign of corrosion at the welded joints or inside, and no deformation.

Can to offer easy opening system, or to be delivered with folded can opener.


Secondary packaging

In export carton boxes of double corrugation of 10kg net.

Cartons to resist without any damage 6m high stacking for 6 months without deterioration, and a minimum of 10 manual handlings.

The sealing of the outer box is with glue, 50mm tape or strapping; capable of resisting a tropical climate (humidity and sunshine) for six months.  Tape overlaps of 10cm minimum.



As per Codex STAN 1

Each can to be marked with a label showing:

-                       Name of the product

-                       Name of the manufacturer

-                       List of ingredients

-                       List of nutritional values

-                       Lot/Batch identification (can be date of production if day is included)

-                       Free from culturally restricted components

-                       Net content weight in g

-                       Drain content weight in g

-                       Date of production printed or stamped on the can

-                       Date of minimum durability, declared as "best before" printed or stamped on the can

Each carton box labelled same as above, plus number of pieces per box.


Minimum documentation required for quality assurance from the supplier.

To be established by an official body:

-                       Certificate of inspection

-                       Health Certificate

-                       Weight and Quality Certificate

-                       Non-radioactivity Certificate

Other documentation needs to be provided according to the purchase agreement.


Latest update: 14/05/2020