Donegal Catch Sustainability
Green Isle Foods is one of Ireland’s leading food manufacturers. We manufacture and market products across the frozen and chilled fish categories. We are committed to the production and supply of high quality, safe, legal and authentic food. We are determined to work closely with all of our suppliers so that we can play a leading role in sustainability, care of the environment and also in the reduction of food waste. We will continue to review our packaging, products and processes to help build a better future.
FISHERY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
We are committed to sourcing all of our fish from sustainable sources. We use up to date scientific data from NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) on the health of different fisheries to guide us on where to catch our fish. We monitor the MSY (Maximum Sustainable Yield) of a catch area for a given fish stock to ensure levels remain healthy allowing maximum growth. We are committed to supporting responsible fishing practices and are currently working within a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) for Irish caught haddock, whiting and hake.
RESPONSIBLY SOURCED SEAFOOD (RSS)
We support Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) in their drive to get Irish boats supplying into Donegal Catch certified to the RSS standard. We actively encourage Irish boats to sign up to the scheme, which is accredited by the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB).
We are committed to reviewing all packaging within the Donegal Catch range with the aim of moving to 100% recyclable packaging by 2022. We are also committed to reducing our overall packaging where possible. A plastic identification code will be placed on all packaging going forward to aid recycling.
We support the responsible use of modern biotechnology within the framework of acceptable regulatory control, however, our consumer feedback indicates that they have concerns about the acceptability of ingredients containing GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). Green Isle does not purchase ingredients or raw materials containing GMOs. We use our supplier approval and management process to ensure all products and raw materials are GMO free.
We are actively working to reduce the sugar, salt and fat content of our products to comply with healthy eating guidelines.
It is our policy to ensure that the ethical standards that apply within our production sites should also be adhered to in our supply chain. These standards are based on the requirements of national law, which include The Modern Slavery Act, The Ethical Trading Initiative code of conduct and other national standards where relevant. We actively encourage all of our direct suppliers to sign up to Sedex (An ethical trade organization) or share their practices to demonstrate that they demonstrate best practice in social and environmental practice.
We are committed to ensuring that all of our products abide by the EU Commission Regulation 2017/2158 on Acrylamide in food.
Our NPD team are actively working on the removal of palm oil from all of our Donegal Catch products. Our aim is to remove all palm oil from our products by 2021 while not compromising product quality.