PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway earned the praise of New York Times columnist Mark Bittman and Greenpeace for stocking affordably priced canned tuna that has been sourced from tuna vessels that don’t use Fish Aggregating Devices.
The retailer is now offering “responsibly caught” Safeway Select skipjack chunk light tuna for a price lower than mainstream brands, according to a Greenpeace statement.
Greenpeace has been critical of big tuna suppliers for offering tuna that has been sourced using Fish Aggregating Devices, which it says are harmful to sea creatures.
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“Chicken of the Sea, Starkist, and Bumble Bee needlessly slaughter thousands of sharks, rays, juvenile fish and other animals as casualties of their quest for cheap tuna,” said Greenpeace Oceans Campaigner Casson Trenor, in a statement.
“Safeway’s new initiative gives American consumers a tuna option that is not only cheaper, but far more environmentally friendly. This is the direction the entire tuna industry needs to be moving.”
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