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NikiyaNikiya Forumite
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 Due to changes and shortages brought about by the pandemic I have been buying frozen fish. I used to buy frozen haddock fillets at Sainsbury's, which were discontinued. Then I started buying a similar product at Tesco's. A couple of weeks ago Tesco discontinued the product too. Now both supermarkets have come up with new versions of frozen haddock fillets. The package looks similar but there are differences in weight and other details. BOTH ARE PACKED IN CHINA!!! Sainsburys says it is caught in NE Atlantic. Tesco did not specify (and right now they do not seem to have any). Why fish caught in NE Atlantic comes from China? And how safe is it? Does anybody know?

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  • comeandgocomeandgo Forumite
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    Well it's safe to eat, it's fish.
  • MrsStepfordMrsStepford Forumite
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    Depends whether you want extra formaldehyde and nitrogen with yours I guess. 
  • NikiyaNikiya Forumite
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     Now that we have left the EU, supermarkets may not be obliged to  give consumers this information. 

    I was wondering if Brexit had something to do with it, but thought we were still abiding by their rules until the end of the year :'(
  • MrsStepfordMrsStepford Forumite
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    Nikiya said:
     Now that we have left the EU, supermarkets may not be obliged to  give consumers this information. 

    I was wondering if Brexit had something to do with it, but thought we were still abiding by their rules until the end of the year :'(
    I think some companies are jumping the gun. I bought some Equal Exchange organic peanut butter from Amazon (no palm oil just peanuts) and the EU green leaf logo has gone. It's replaced with a similar white leaf, with NON-EU ORGANIC underneath. It's weird though because husband bought Peruvian organic avocados from ASDA yesterday (£1 each) and although not an EU country, the avocados had stickers with the green leaf logo. 
  • pumpkin89pumpkin89 Forumite
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    It's weird though because husband bought Peruvian organic avocados from ASDA yesterday (£1 each) and although not an EU country, the avocados had stickers with the green leaf logo. 
    The EU has a much stricter definition for "organic" than most of the world.  If it's green leaf, it has been certified as meeting the EU standard by an approved EU organic certification body (e.g. Soil Association) - which can apply to any country of origin.  Likewise there are farms within the EU that don't meet EU organic standard, but could export to the US with "organic" labels as the US organic standard is lower.
  • parcivalparcival Forumite
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    A bit off topic but I am giving a wide berth to all things Chinese - fed up with them!
  • FarwayFarway Forumite
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    parcival said:
    A bit off topic but I am giving a wide berth to all things Chinese - fed up with them!
    No mobile phone then?

  • coffeehoundcoffeehound Forumite
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    China is dominating fishing like they are with everything else.  They have 2600 'super trawlers' and 200,000 ships in total with heavy government subsidy.  They are apprently wrecking fisheries around the world.  Still:  Every Little Helps.
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