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Heinz-owned canned tuna brand sinks to lowest spot on Greenpeace ranking

NGO is calling on retailer Woolworths to drop the company’s canned tuna from its shelves.

Non-governmental organization (NGO) Greenpeace Australia is calling on retailer Woolworths to drop H.J. Heinz Australia-owned Greenseas canned tuna from its shelves, following the release of its 2017 Tuna Guide Thursday.

The Greenpeace Tuna Guide ranks the major canned tuna brands based on their environmental performance and whether the treatment of their workers respects human rights.

According to the environmental group, Greenseas is the only major Australian brand that has reneged on its commitment to stop using Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs), and it ranked in tenth spot.

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Greenseas originally committed to stop using these destructive practices in 2012, but has broken its promise to consumers and since removed the commitment from its website, Greenpeace said.

John West Australia on the other hand came in second spot, just behind Fish 4 Ever which Greenpeace claims is “still the benchmark for responsible tuna in Australia.”

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“Greenseas is certainly not living up to its name. It has come in as the stand-out bad performer and we’re calling on Woolworths to drop Greenseas canned tuna from its shelves,” said Andrew Kelly, campaigner at Greenpeace.

Greenpeace’s Tuna Guide this year includes an increased focus on the treatment of workers in the rankings.

Australians eat around 50,000 metric tons of tuna every year.


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