|Environmental :: Climate Change ||Canned Tuna Guide - Greenpeace || ||The John West brand is produced by Simplot Australian. This company is ranked with 60/100 - orange (must improve) ||Jan. 1, 2011 ||Simplot Australia |
|Environmental :: Packaging / Recycling ||National Packaging Covenant Signatory || ||Signatory to the National Packaging Covenant (mk2- began September 2005), a voluntary agreement to encourage waste minimisation. || ||Simplot Australia |
|Environmental :: Oceans & Seafood ||Canned Tuna Guide - Greenpeace || ||Bycatch and fishing methods: The John West and Seakist tuna range is caught with huge nets and Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs) that kill turtles, sharks and juvenile tuna.
Commitment to sourcing sustainable tuna: The tuna used is mostly the sustainable Skipjack Tuna. John West is committed to avoiding Yellowfin Tuna in its products.
Traceability and labelling: John West and Seakist cans are not labelled with the species name, catch method or where the tuna comes from. The brand is able to trace the tuna back to the catch area; however, no information is provided to ensure that it doesn’t come from an illegal fishing vessel.
Support for marine reserves and equitable fishing: John West has not expressed public support for the establishment of marine reserves, nor does it have a fair and sustainable sourcing policy.
Verdict: WJohn West must take action on both sustainability and equitability issues associated with its trade in tuna. If it is truly committed to sustainability, it will switch from destructive fishing methods that kill turtles and sharks to a selective fishing method like pole and line for its range.
||July 1, 2010 ||Simplot Australia |
|Environmental :: Genetic Engineering ||2010 True Food Guide [True Food Network - Greenpeace] || ||Company has brands that are rated 'red' in Greenpeace True Foods Guide 2010, signifying that brands may include GE-derived ingredients in their products. This includes brands that either: contain GE derived ingredients, and/or, have no clear policy on GE-derived ingredients, and/or: have ignored or refused Greenpeace's request for information regarding their policies on GE-derived ingredients. ||May 16, 2010 ||Simplot Australia |