Thai Union’s UK subsidiary John West Foods Limited is being prosecuted by the UK Crown Prosecution Service for alleged offences linked to illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Ghana between 2012 and 2014.

According to the group’s financial statement, John West was notified of the intention to prosecute on Jan. 2, 2018 with a first hearing taking place before the Magistrates Court in Tyne & Wear in the United Kingdom, on Jan. 26, 2018.

John West, which is contesting these actions, said it is unable to predict the probable outcome.

In addition, there are certain entities under Thai Union Europe Group, which are under review by their tax authorities.

A spokesperson for Thai Union told IntraFish the situation has been ongoing for sometime, and it was the company's policy not to comment on ongoing legal matters.