Victory! Safeway introduces responsibly caught canned tuna

by Meena Hussein

September 13, 2012

The Whale shark's migration route takes them close to the shores off Rapu Rapu Island, the site of toxic sea pollution from the Lafayette mining operation. Greenpeace is in the Philippines to highlight the threat of pollution as well as documenting the success of Marine Reserves.

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It's here! Consumers in the USA finally have a choice when it comes tosupporting better practices in the canned tuna industry. Back in February, Safeway, one of the largest food retailers in the country, pledged to source its private label Safeway Select canned tuna from sustainable operations.By the end of this month, Safeway will stock their stores across the nation with "Responsibly Caught" canned skipjack tuna, which is sourced solely from tuna vessels that do not employ the use of Fish Aggregating Devices (FAD)s. And here's the best part - it's a whopping fifty cents cheaper than Bumble Bee brand canned tuna! When you think about it, this will provide consumers with 4.5 million cans of tuna per year that do not endanger the health of our oceans or the animals that inhabit them. Thats a 92-mile tower of tuna cans we can get behind! If you're as happy about this as we are, tweet at Safeway and thank them!Also, feel free to share this image with your friends on Facebook. Here's a picture of what the Safeway Select tuna cans look like: [caption id="attachment_10183" align="aligncenter" width="584"] Safeway Select "Responsibly Caught" Canned Tuna[/caption]  

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