Publix named worst place to buy seafood listen06/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
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The environmental group Greenpeace has just released a report on its evaluations of the seafood departments at 20 leading U.S. supermarkets. The results are mostly failing, with Florida based stores performing extremely low.
Kash N Karry ranked 14th, Sweetbay 15th, and dead last at 20th was Publix.
Leading the charts were Whole Foods, with Sam’s Club in third place, Wal-Mart fourth, and SuperTarget fifth.
Mark Flogel, a researcher with Greenpeace.org, said the key statistics Greenpeace uses to keep score are Sustainable Seafood Policy, Support for Sustainability Initiatives and the Labeling and Promotion of Sustainable Seafood.
Another statistic is the Number of Red List Seafoods for Sale. That includes orange ruffy, grouper, red snapper, swordfish and Chilean sea bass.
WMNF contacted Publix at its corporate headquarters in Lakeland, and received a press release in response. Spokesperson Shannon Patten writes, “ We have made it a practice not to respond to surveys. We do believe that sustainability is very broad, and not limited to one group or particular issue, one country or one region, one species or domestic vs. imported. Working with our various industry trade associations, we are constantly searching for the best options in order to provide quality and variety to meet our customers' demands while being good stewards of the environment.”