Tesco to remove some John West tuna

Tesco remove John West

Tesco have said that they're going to be removing some John West tuna products over sustainability concerns.

John West have failed to meet Tesco's sustainability standards, after the supermarket said that they'd only stock tuna that was caught via the pole and line method.

"We wanted to take our commitments on quality sustainable tuna further, and earlier this year we announced we would take steps to make sure all the tuna on our shelves – including branded tuna products – met our requirements," said Tim Smith, Tesco's group quality director.

"We have now completed our review, and as a result have decided to de-list a number of core John West lines with effect from the end of July."

That's not all John West products, mind you.

Smith continued: "We are working with John West on a plan for these remaining lines to be converted to sustainable tuna sources as soon as possible."

Speaking to The Times, a spokesperson for John West confirmed Tesco's stance, and said:

"Tesco's review of the fish products it stocks, which has resulted in approximately 20% of the John West range being withdrawn, was driven by commercial negotiations as much as sustainability considerations."

"Indeed, six John West salmon products which are being withdrawn are fully Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified and meet all of Tesco's sustainability requirements. Tesco remains an important retail partner for John West and we share its aspiration to increase the level of sustainable seafood available to consumers."

Waitrose have also said that they'll remove John West products unless they meet their sustainability criteria.

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