Young's insist shellfish shipping is 'carbon neutral'
Seafood supplier Young's has defended its decision to ship shellfish from Scotland to Thailand to be peeled by hand.
The company claimed the procedure, which sees the fish transported to the Asian country and then back to the UK to be made into scampi, was carbon neutral when compared to peeling the shellfish by hand in the UK.
Young's deputy chief executive Mike Parker told the BBC that hand-peeling promoted carbon savings compared to the mechanised processing of the food.
"Moving from machine processing here in the UK to hand processing in Thailand saves a lot of energy and obviously a lot of the CO2 emissions associated with that," he told the broadcaster.
"But at the same time the CO2 emissions associated with shipping between Thailand and back are actually very, very low," he added.
According to the BBC, langoustines harvested by the manufacturer are sent on a 17,000 mile round trip before returning to the UK for processing as scampi.
Article Date: 20 December 2007
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