Only sustainable fish from 2011

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Dutch supermarkets will only be selling fish caught sustainably from 2011.

11 December 2007

LEIDSCHENDAM – Dutch supermarkets will only be selling fish caught sustainably and in accordance with the Marine Stewardship Council's standards from 2011.
The Central Bureau for the Food Trade (CBL) announced this on Tuesday. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is comparable to the FSC hallmark for sustainably produced wood.

Suppliers that are unable to meet the strict standards until a later date, because of contractual obligations for instance, may work according to the less stringent regime of the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS). "But sooner or later all suppliers must satisfy the MSC requirements," a spokesperson for the CBL said. "We want to make a turnaround in the sector as a whole."

The CBL determined earlier that supermarkets may only sell pork from pigs that have been castrated under anaesthetic from 1 January 2009. The umbrella organisation pointed out this year that people are concerned about the origin of their food.

Consumers want to know that products have been produced in a humane, animal-friendly manner. That is why attention has now also been turned to the manner in which fish are bred, caught and killed.

To make it easier for fish eaters, a "green list" of responsibly produced fish will be published in mid 2008.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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