Sustainability Guidelines Set in Place for Seafood Suppliers

by Roberta Seldon on April 26, 2012

Michigan-based retailer Meijer announced the launch of a comprehensive certification program that will ensure all of its suppliers follow specific guidelines for both farmed and wild-caught seafood, according to a press release issued Thursday morning.

“Meijer has a great track record of working with responsible seafood suppliers,” Hank Meijer, co-chairman and CEO of the company, said in the press release. “As we grow, the launch of this seafood sustainability initiative is simply the next step to ensuring we continue to provide our customers with seafood farmed and caught in the most responsible and sustainable way.”

Prior to launching the certification program, the majority of Meijer’s suppliers were “already achieving high levels of certification” relative to the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standards, the press release stated. “With assistance from the GAA [Global Aquaculture Alliance], Meijer has been able to help many of its suppliers increase their certification to even higher levels, while finding alternate suppliers to replace those who could not meet Meijer standards,” the press release also stated.

“As Meijer continues to refine its seafood sustainability program, we have internally pledged to only work with seafood suppliers that share our commitment toward seafood sustainability and have a genuine interest in being involved in the solution,” Meijer Chief Operations Officer J.K. Symancyk said in the press release. “We expect our seafood suppliers to provide open communication and commit to full transparency as we work toward achieving the highest levels of seafood sustainability.”

The certification program is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.

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