The Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group has become the first UK body to achieve Friend of the Sea certification for farmed seafood.

The accreditation follows an eight-month audit by the NGO, which certifies both farmed and wild-caught seafood.

Consumers were becoming increasingly aware of the provenance of their food and any impact its production might have on the environment, said SSMG MD Stephen Cameron. "Achieving this certification will now enable consumers to make informed choices when purchasing mussels."