Choosing fresh, quality products: key criteria

On receipt of the goods, the supplier must check and confirm that the products comply with the freshness and quality standards established by regulation (EC) no 2406/96. In this way, when selling on ProcSea, each seller commits to indicate the quality (E+, E, A+, A or B) of the products you will be sent.

Explanation of ProcSea’s quality specifications

Our specifications assign fresh products different quality grades, depending on the product’s freshness. This classification is determined by the product’s external organoleptic characteristics and does not provide any information about the taste of the product.
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In general, if the fish is rigid, in “rigor mortis”, it is of good quality. Conversely, if the fish is flaccid, it is of lower quality. Products’ freshness and quality depend on various factors throughout the supply chain. A wide range of information must be considered, including fishing date and technique, bleeding method, maintenance of the cold chain, handling and transportation. For example, a trawl-caught fish can be very fresh and rigid if the cold chain has been maintained. Conversely, a fish which has remained in the water for several hours on a line may have a less rigid body. It is difficult to use same quality criteria to judge wild fish and farmed fish. Each quality grade is explained below using organoleptic criteria and applies to fishery products.
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Grade E+: products of exceptional quality

Fish of exceptional quality are often bought on sight. The product is absolutely flawless. The fish is stiff with bright skin, clear mucus and convex eyes.


Grade E: products of extra high quality

Extra quality products have been caught on the same day and are often caught by coastal fishermen. These fish have shiny skin, clear mucus and rounded eyes. They are no visible defects.

If you're looking for beautiful and incredibly fresh products, go for grades E+ and E.


Grade A+: good quality products

The best grade A products are upgraded to A+ if they have bright pigmentation, clear mucus and rounded eyes. A+ quality represents good value for money. Caught the day before, the fish is no longer in “rigor mortis” but is still good quality.


Grade A: standard quality products

Grade A products have dull skin pigmentation, with rounded or even flat eyes and dull pupils. With regard to the fish’s gills, colours are slightly less bright than they are for higher quality grades. This product is standard, neither high-end nor low-end. We recommend using this product for fillets; it should be eaten quickly.

Choose an A+ or A product if price is your most important criteria.


Grade B: low quality products

Grade B products have dry, marked skin. Eyes are flat and opaque. These fish show some damage.

The quality grades by species

Do you want to understand the differences in quality between an E+ bass and an A+ bass?
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Bar de ligne de qualité exceptionnelle sur de la glace.
Représentation graphique des critères de qualité sur la plateforme d'achat ProcSea.

Find these quality grades on ProcSea

Once you log in to place your order, you can choose a specific quality grade and make your choice from these products.
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