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Lidl Portugal reinforces sustainable seafood policy

Discount chain is increasing the number of MSC-certified products and commits to ASC.

Lidl Portugal has published a set of standards to promote the distribution and consumption of sustainable fish, reports European Supermarket Magazine.

The discounter said it is the first retailer in Portugal to guarantee that all of its cod comes from sustainable fishing and holds Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

Lidl is now increasing its supply of MSC-certified raw material products for deep-sea fish and shellfish.

From March 2018, Lidl also aims to increase the offer of products with raw materials certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) for fish and shellfish from aquaculture. It also pledged not to sell endangered species and to promote canned tuna with the 'Dolphin Safe' seal.

The packaging, in addition to displaying the catch area, shows the production unit and requires suppliers to exclude raw material from illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The packaging of Lidl’s private label products informs customers whether the product comes from deep sea fishing or aquaculture.

Lidl Portugal obliges its suppliers to implement the 'Lidl Code of Conduct' and gives preference to those who do not use hormone-treated or genetically manipulated food.

The supermarket chain only considers suppliers who use legally authorized chemicals in the breeding process or treatment methods, thus avoiding parasitic diseases or infestations in aquaculture or in the wild species.

With this measure, it also ensures that toxic chemicals are not released or are fed into the food chain.

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