Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Truth about Your Sandwich

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Truth about Your Sandwich

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Byline: Victoria Stewart and Deborah Collcutt

Raw tuna in sashimi and sushi is most likely to be bluefin, which is severely threatened in the Mediterranean and overfished in the Atlantic and Pacific.

Sandwich tuna is usually skipjack, yellowfin, bigeye or other more common species. While everyone from Elle Macpherson to Sting is banging the drum for bluefin tuna at the moment, the people who eat most of it, the Japanese, Koreans, Taiwanese and Indonesians, aren't about to stop. In Japan, the main tuna-fishing nation in the Pacific, a good bluefin still fetches [pounds sterling]18,800 in Tokyo's Tsukiji market.

Greenpeace says all species are threatened and wants to see marine reserves with total fishing bans set up covering 40 per cent of the world's oceans. To help customers buy only ethically sourced tuna, it published a list of the UK's tinned brands. Top was Sainsbury's own brand, with John West, dubbed John Worst, bottom.

Evidence suggests that only line and pole-caught skipjack or albacore should be bought. …

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