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Verification Components

Tuna Tracking and Verification Program


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TTV Program



Regular and periodic audits and spot checks are conducted to ensure compliance with TTVP regulations.


The NMFS's Tuna Tracking and Verification Program (TTVP) conducts formal periodic audits of a company’s documentation and procedures associated with programmatic regulatory requirements, including examination of documents and records of internal flows of specific shipments from receipt to cold storage to production and to finished goods at a U.S. tuna cannery.

The most recent TTVP audits of U.S. tuna canneries were conducted in September 2015, and it was determined that the traceability of product meets TTVP's programmatic requirements.

United States consumers should continue to maintain a high degree of confidence in the integrity of dolphin-safe labeled tuna products they purchase in the U.S. markets.

Spot Checks

Retail market spot check audits of canned/pouched tuna products are regularly made throughout the country in order to verify the authenticity of the dolphin-safe label and/or to verify the product has been imported into the United States legally. After an individual item has been purchased on a random basis, the importer or distributor is then requested to supply the necessary documentation to substantiate their dolphin-safe claims.

In November 2015, TTVP staff conducted their most recent spot checks by purchasing Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea, and Starkist tuna products. The samples were labeled dolphin-safe and TTVP review of the submitted documentation verified that the products were eligible to display the dolphin-safe logo in the U.S. marketplace.

Note: The National Marine Fisheries Service does not recommend or endorse individual private companies or their products.

Updated: July 11, 2016