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.
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.
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.
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. All suppliers must be registered to SEDEX and have completed the self-assessment questionnaire, if unable to comply with these requirements they are removed from our supply base.
We are committed to ensuring that all of our products abide by the EU Commission Regulation 2017/2158 on Acrylamide in food.
All Palm Oil used in Donegal Catch products is RSPO certified. We are continuously reviewing product ingredients and recipes to replace all Palm Oil across our portfolio where we can.
FISHERY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
We are committed to working within the terms of the MSC for Cod and Pollock. We are also committed to supporting responsible fishing practices and are currently working within a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) for Irish caught haddock, whiting and hake. Our target is to have all fish MSC certified, or within a FIP, by 2021.
BORD IASCAIGH MHARA
We recognise the Bord Iascaigh Mhara (“BIM”) Responsibly Sourced Seafood standard as a process that will improve quality of catch, catching methods and handling of fish. We are committed to getting our primary processing facility in Gurteen, Co Sligo approved to the “Onshore Handling & Quality Standard” by mid-2020.