Food Lion is committed to do our part to ensure that seafood species are protected today and for generations to come. For us, it’s simply the responsible choice.
All Food Lion seafood products are traceable back to the seafood farm or source fishery and we only sell products harvested from a regulated environment. We recognize some farms and fisheries are well managed and some are not. Food Lion works closely with suppliers and third party agencies to encourage responsible practices.
We are proud to share that Food Lion’s sustainable seafood policy covers the widest range of products among all major U.S. grocery companies.
Why is Food Lion committed to sustainable seafood initiatives?
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Which products meet Food Lion’s sustainability standards?
How does Food Lion assure that farms and fisheries are in compliance?
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A.S.C.— Aquaculture Stewardship Council- an independent not for profit organization that creates and manages standards for aquaculture sustainability certification (for farms and producers)
Biodiversity—The assortment of life in the world, particular habitat or ecosystem.
Bycatch—Marine animals, fish and birds inadvertently caught in fishing gear while fishing for target species.
Conservation—Preservation or restoration from loss, damage or neglect.
Effluent—Liquid waste or sewage discharged into a river or sea.
Fishery—The Specific geographic region of a harvested for a specific seafood species.
Food miles—The total distance food travels from production to consumer.
G.A.A.—Global Aquaculture Alliance - an independent not for profit organization that creates and manages standards for aquaculture value chain sustainability certification (for feedstock, farms, processors and packers) and owner of the BAP Standard
GMO — Genetically Modified Organism
G.M.R.I.—Gulf of Maine Research Institute – is a non-profit marine science center located in Portland, Maine. Whose work strengthens the essential elements that define an enduring relationship with the ocean. GMRI is Food Lion’s science partner and advisor in sustainable seafood
M.S.C.—Marine Stewardship Council- an independent not for profit organization that creates and manages standards for wild caught fishery value chain sustainability
Seafood—Food Lion defines seafood products as fresh fish, chowders and food product with fish as a primary ingredient placed anywhere in the store.
Sustainable Seafood— Responsible seafood harvesting and production practice that protects ecosystems and species’ long-term viability.
Traceability—The ability to verify the origin of an item through documentation and/or data analysis from harvest to store placement. All seafood products sold at Food Lion are traceable back to the source fishery or farm.
Transparency—Intentional policy advocating openness, communication and accountability.
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All seafood products sold in Food Lion Stores are from sustainable sources and can be traced back to the wild fishery or farm. Harvesting seafood products in a sustainable manner means that seafood is farmed or fished using a process ensuring that seafood will be available for future generations. Purchasing seafood products at our stores is a decision you can feel good about. Food Lion is partnering with well-respected third parties (Gulf of Maine Research Institute and the Global Aquaculture Alliance), resulting in transparency between seafood harvesters, suppliers, Food Lion and the customer. This ensures products are harvested from approved sources.
Food Lion collaborates with our suppliers identifying opportunities to improve the sustainability of our seafood products. Advances include:
Food Lion is committed to educating our associates and suppliers on seafood sustainability. Customers can access information in publications, at the point of sale and online. Click here for more information regarding sustainable seafood.
Food Lion has immediate access to information regarding the location of harvested product.
Food Lion requires that the seafood products we sell be traceable to the farm or source fishery.
Food Lion believes transparency is essential to maintain credibility. The following steps ensure our seafood sourcing policy is transparent:
The following species are exempt from one or more of our policy tenets due to credible, scientific agreement that the fishery is not at risk.
Due to concerns surrounding the effectiveness of RFMO (regional fishery management organizations) to manage and enforce tuna fisheries, the additional requirement of demonstrating partnership with ISSF (International Seafood Sustainability Foundation) is applicable for all tuna providers.
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