Tesco announces measures to source even more of the seafood it sells in sustainable way

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today announced a number of measures which will see it source even more of the seafood it sells in a sustainable way, in partnership with the Marine Stewardship Council. To achieve this, Tesco is:

  • Rapidly expanding the MSC-ecolabel scheme for pre-packed and frozen fish sold in Tesco stores;
  • Introducing MSC-certified fish to its 656 fish counters, making sustainable fish accessible to shoppers across the UK; and
  • Ensuring that all tuna sold at Tesco stores is sourced in a sustainable way, whether own label or branded.

This month, Tesco introduced the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabel across 28 different types of chilled prepacked fish – including cod fillets, smoked kippers, haddock fishcakes and fish fingers.  Next month, it will introduce the label to its 656 fish counters across the UK, and later this year will introduce it to relevant frozen fish lines too.

The MSC sets the world standard for sustainable fishing, and the ecolabel is an easily recognizable way for customers to be sure they are buying environmentally sustainable fish.

Tesco has also made a further commitment on sustainable tuna. Since 2012, all Tesco’s own-brand tuna has been fished using the sustainable pole and line method. This approach was then extended for tuna used as an ingredient in own-brand sandwiches, pastas and salads. Because of the importance of a collaborative industry effort to ensure globally sustainable tuna, Tesco is now extending the same sustainability requirements to branded tuna products. Tesco will allow brands sufficient time to meet these requirements but expect their plans to be ambitious, credible and publicly communicated.

Tim Smith, Group Quality Director for Tesco said:

“Customers tell us it’s important they can be sure the fish on our shelves is caught in a way that maintains healthy fish stocks and doesn’t cause harm to other sea life or the ocean environment.  Rapidly expanding the amount of MSC ecolabel fish on our shelves and counters will make sustainable sourced fish affordable and accessible for shoppers across Britain.”

Rupert Howes, Chief Executive of MSC said:

“Tesco’s commitment to MSC certified seafood is helping to ensure the future health of the world’s oceans. As the UK’s biggest supermarket chain, Tesco is uniquely positioned to help British shoppers to put MSC  ecolabelled, sustainable fish on the table. By helping their customers to choose certified sustainable seafood, they are also helping them to recognize and reward sustainable fishing, ensuring healthy fish stocks, and healthy oceans for generations to come.”

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Tesco announces measures to source even more of the seafood it sells in sustainable way

Tesco announces measures to source even more of the seafood it sells in sustainable way

 

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Tesco delivers on its commitment to further reduce the levels of Campylobacter in its fresh chicken

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-11-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today released new data which shows that the retailer is delivering on its commitment to further reduce the levels of Campylobacter in its fresh chicken.

Throughout 2014/15 the retailer performed well in the Food Standards Agency (FSA) year- long survey, which monitored the levels of bacteria in poultry, and was the only major supermarket to consistently have significantly lower levels of Campylobacter in its chicken compared to the industry average.

Last summer, Tesco pledged to continue to work in partnership with suppliers in order to meet a new industry leading target, set by the retailer, of at least 95 per cent of chickens to have minimal levels of Campylobacter by 2017.

New data compiled by Tesco, has found that significant progress has already been made in recent months, with figures showing that chicken which contain Campylobacter at the highest level, has fallen to less than 9 per cent in the third quarter this year, compared with 15 per cent recorded by the FSA for the same period in 2014.  Meaning that in the last year, the retailer has driven levels of the bacteria down to below the current FSA  target of 10 per cent and are close to meeting its 2017 goal.

Tesco’s Group Quality Director Tim Smith said: ‘Providing high quality and safe food for our customers is always our absolute priority. It has long been our commitment to reduce levels of Campylobacter in our poultry and we are now seeing real progress at all stages of the supply chain, in tackling the issue through the work we have done with our suppliers.

‘With over 91 per cent of our chicken now testing negative for the highest levels of campylobacter, we are clearly demonstrating our commitment  to tackle the issue and how we want to remain at the forefront of any developments to improve the quality and safety of our chicken. It is also testament to the hard work of our suppliers to tackle the issue.’

FSA’s Director of Policy Steve Wearne said: ‘I welcome this encouraging news from Tesco. It is very good to see the company’s commitment to reducing Campylobacter showing positive results and I’m pleased that Tesco is determined now and in the future to reduce the levels of this bug on chicken.   We will continue to play our part in helping retailers and suppliers tackle Campylobacter.’

How the new Tesco data compares to the FSA target:

TESCO PERFORMANCE - Campylobacter targets

 

Interventions that Tesco has introduced to help shoppers keep safe include being one of the first retailers use robust leak-proof packaging for all raw poultry, which also contains customer information on safe food handling and cooking instructions, with further details available online at the Tesco Real Food Website Food Safety in the Home. In addition, store colleagues are trained to look out for and remove any damaged packs from shelves.

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Notes to Editors

  • Tesco’s data for this quarter is up to 15th October
  • Tesco’s new specification will require that Campylobacter will not be present at the highest level of >1000 cfu per gram in at least 95% of whole chickens on its shelves. For more information go tohttp://www.tescoplc.com/index.asp?pageid=17&newsid=1189
  • Tesco updated its chicken packaging at the end of last year to ensure food safety messaging was more prominent and will continue to look for ways to raise awareness amongst customers about safe handling practices.
  • In 2014 the supermarket sponsored an industry wide event to review progress and enhance collaboration which led to the establishment of the ACT Board.
  • For the FSA’s 2014-15 survey, Tesco was the only main retailer to have a lower incidence of chicken contaminated with Campylobacter at the highest level (>1000 cfu/g), compared to the industry average.https://www.food.gov.uk/science/microbiology/campylobacterevidenceprogramme/retail-survey

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Tesco to further reduce the levels of Campylobacter in its fresh chicken

  • Tesco, with suppliers, is committed to minimising levels of Campylobacter by 2017
  • Tesco has consistently been the only major supermarket with a significantly lower level of Campylobacter in its chicken compared to the industry average

CHESHUNT, England, 2015-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today pledged to further reduce the levels of Campylobacter in its fresh chicken. Building on the progress made in recent years, working in partnership with its suppliers to tackle the industry-wide issue, the retailer has set a new target for levels of the bacteria.

From 2017, suppliers who provide poultry to Tesco will work with the retailer to meet a new specification which will see the numbers of chicken contaminated by Campylobacter at the highest level fall to five per cent. This will be the first time a retailer has made its specification so challenging.

Although Campylobacter is destroyed by thorough cooking, and all raw poultry sold by the retailer displays safe handling information on packaging, as well as cooking instructions to promote correct cooking procedures, the retailer wants to provide customers with the safest possible chicken.

The move comes after Tesco was found to be the only major supermarket to have consistently lower rates of chicken contaminated with the bacteria than the industry average, according to the Food Standards Agency  (FSA) year-long retail survey of poultry to monitor Campylobacter levels.

Tesco’s Group Quality Director Tim Smith said: ‘Providing high quality, safe food is always our absolute priority. It has long been our commitment to reduce levels of Campylobacter in our poultry and we are now seeing real progress at all stages of the supply chain, in tackling the issue through the work we have done with our suppliers.

‘We want to remain at the forefront of any developments to improve the quality and safety of our chicken and believe that interventions, which are currently being trialled across the industry, will enable levels to be reduced even further.  We have therefore agreed with our suppliers that by 2017, at least 95% of chickens supplied to Tesco will have minimal levels of Campylobacter in line with the new limits that we are including in our specification.

‘Whilst we acknowledge that there isn’t a single solution to address Campylobacter, we are confident that we will deliver this target.’

In recent years, Tesco has worked closely on a number of initiatives with poultry suppliers to improve the safety of fresh chicken for customers, including:

  • The development of biosecurity standards which are now widely used across the industry
  • Funding the first farmer incentive programme which rewards farmers who keep their flocks free of Campylobacter
  • Working with producers to examine the impact of stocking densities on the incidence of the microorganism
  • Funding the development of best practice guidelines on the handling of chickens during processing
  • Introducing measures to minimise the incidence of contamination on the outside of packaging in 2011
  • We are developing our own processing standard against which all of our suppliers will be independently audited

Ursula Lavery, Moy Park Technical Director said: ‘Reducing Campylobacter remains a top priority for Moy Park.

‘We have been delivering industry leading work in this area and are totally committed to building on the successes we have already achieved in recent trials and through our supply chain interventions.’

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Notes to Editors

  • Tesco’s new specification will require that Campylobacter will not be present at the highest level of >1000 cfu per gram in at least 95% of whole chickens on its shelves
  • Tesco updated its chicken packaging at the end of last year to ensure food safety messaging was more prominent and will continue to look for ways to raise awareness amongst customers about safe handling practices.
  • In 2014 the supermarket sponsored an industry wide event to review progress and enhance collaboration which led to the establishment of the ACT Board.
  • Tesco is the only one of the main retailers which has a lower incidence of chicken contaminated with Campylobacter at the highest level (>1000 cfu/g), compared to the industry average.https://www.food.gov.uk/science/microbiology/campylobacterevidenceprogramme/retail-survey
  • Moy Park is a leading provider of fresh, locally farmed poultry in the UK and Ireland and is one of the largest producers of organic, free range and corn fed poultry in Europe. Moy Park supplies leading retailers and foodservice providers throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe with a range of high-quality, fresh, coated and added value poultry products.

For more information visit www.moypark.com.

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