In July 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed Cafe Rouge's website, www.caferouge.co.uk. The company's menu listed a number of dishes containing cheese, chicken, prawns, fish, bacon, beef, duck and eggs. With the exception of eggs (some egg products were labelled free range), no other animal products were labelled as organic or free range. Ethical Consumer therefore assumed them to be the produce of factory farmed animals.

In March 2015 the British government website www.food.gov.uk stated that the EU animal feed industry imported 70% of its maize, soya and rapeseed requirements; that "almost all" of the soya from the major producers Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and the USA was genetically modified and that "much of" the maize imported from the USA was genetically modified. Therefore, due to the prevalence of genetically modified animal feed on the market in non-organic certified dairy and meat it was probable that ingredients used by the company were derived from animals fed genetically modified feed.

In an email response in March 2017 the company stated, "CDG understands the prevalence of GM soya and maize in animal feed and requires all suppliers to ensure that wherever possible this is not used in our supply chain." However there was no evidence of whether suppliers complied with this.

Reference:

www.caferouge.com (10 July 2018)

In July 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed Bella Italia's website, www.bellaitalia.co.uk. The company's menu listed a number of dishes containing cheese, chicken, pork, beef, squid, duck, lamb, prawns and free range eggs. With the exception of eggs, no animal products were labelled organic or free range. Ethical Consumer therefore assumed them to be factory farmed animals and as a result Bella Italia lost a whole mark under Animal Rights and under Factory Farming.

In addition, in March 2015 the British government website www.food.gov.uk stated that the EU animal feed industry imported 70% of its maize, soya and rapeseed requirements; that "almost all" of the soya from the major producers Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and the USA was genetically modified and that "much of" the maize imported from the USA was genetically modified. Therefore, due to the prevalence of genetically modified animal feed on the market in non-organic certified dairy and meat it was probable that ingredients used by Bella Italia were derived from animals fed genetically modified feed.

In an email response in March 2017 the company stated, "CDG understands the prevalence of GM soya and maize in animal feed and requires all suppliers to ensure that wherever possible this is not used in our supply chain." However there was no evidence of whether suppliers complied with this and the use of 'wherever possible' implied that it was not strictly enforced.

Reference:

Bella Italia website (24 October 2016)

In June 2018 Ethical Consumer recieved a questionnaire response from Las Iguanas. It stated that "Compassion in World Farming is a strategic partner to us and we have developed species specific welfare policies as well as an overarching animal welfare policy. CDG was the first hospitality company to announcement a commitment to source 100% free range eggs across all brands by 2022 and were awarded a Good Egg Award for this position."

Ethical Consumer viewed the Las Iguanas website and saw that it was selling meat and other dairy products that were not labelled organic or free range and therefore assumed that these were sourced from factory farming.

As a result Las Iguanas was marked down under Animal Rights and Facotry Farming and lost a whole mark under each category.

Reference:

Ethical COnsumer Questionnaire (28 June 2018)

In August 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed the Alibris www.alibris.com website and found that the company sold leather-bound books, however, it was not considered to form a substantial part of its business. As a result the company lost half a mark under Ethical Consumer’s Animal Rights category.
It also lost half a mark Pollution and Toxics category for the following reason. Leather, as the hide of a dead animal, naturally decomposes. To prevent this decomposition the leather industry uses a cocktail of harmful chemicals to preserve leather, including trivalent chromium sulphate, sodium sulphide, sodium sulfhydrate, arsenic and cyanide. Tannery effluent also contains large amounts of other pollutants, such as protein, hair, salt, lime sludge and acids. These can all pollute the land, air and water supply, making it a highly polluting industry.

Reference:

www.alibris.com (14 August 2018)

In July 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed Bella Italia's website, www.bellaitalia.co.uk. The company's menu listed a number of dishes containing cheese, chicken, pork, beef, squid, duck, lamb, prawns and free range eggs. With the exception of eggs, no animal products were labelled organic or free range. Ethical Consumer therefore assumed them to be factory farmed animals and as a result Bella Italia lost a whole mark under Animal Rights and under Factory Farming.

In addition, in March 2015 the British government website www.food.gov.uk stated that the EU animal feed industry imported 70% of its maize, soya and rapeseed requirements; that "almost all" of the soya from the major producers Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and the USA was genetically modified and that "much of" the maize imported from the USA was genetically modified. Therefore, due to the prevalence of genetically modified animal feed on the market in non-organic certified dairy and meat it was probable that ingredients used by Bella Italia were derived from animals fed genetically modified feed.

In an email response in March 2017 the company stated, "CDG understands the prevalence of GM soya and maize in animal feed and requires all suppliers to ensure that wherever possible this is not used in our supply chain." However there was no evidence of whether suppliers complied with this and the use of 'wherever possible' implied that it was not strictly enforced.

Reference:

Bella Italia website (24 October 2016)

In July 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed Cafe Rouge's website, www.caferouge.co.uk. The company's menu listed a number of dishes containing cheese, chicken, prawns, fish, bacon, beef, duck and eggs. With the exception of eggs (some egg products were labelled free range), no other animal products were labelled as organic or free range. Ethical Consumer therefore assumed them to be the produce of factory farmed animals.

In March 2015 the British government website www.food.gov.uk stated that the EU animal feed industry imported 70% of its maize, soya and rapeseed requirements; that "almost all" of the soya from the major producers Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and the USA was genetically modified and that "much of" the maize imported from the USA was genetically modified. Therefore, due to the prevalence of genetically modified animal feed on the market in non-organic certified dairy and meat it was probable that ingredients used by the company were derived from animals fed genetically modified feed.

In an email response in March 2017 the company stated, "CDG understands the prevalence of GM soya and maize in animal feed and requires all suppliers to ensure that wherever possible this is not used in our supply chain." However there was no evidence of whether suppliers complied with this.

Reference:

www.caferouge.com (10 July 2018)