In January 2019 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. No information about GM could be found on the Cafe Rouge website when viewed in January 2019.
www.caferouge.com (15 January 2019)