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9 Mar 2023


USA: Consumers file class action lawsuits against Bumble Bee Foods & Conagra Brands over alleged misleading sustainability claims

"Greenpeace USA Welcomes Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Bumble Bee Tuna Citing Misleading Sustainability Claims", 9 Mar 2023

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Bumble Bee Foods and Conagra Brands over sustainability claims the companies have made regarding their seafood products. Two complaints, filed in the federal district courts, in the U.S. states of Illinois and California, each seek at least $5 million dollars in damages. The complaint cited Greenpeace East Asia’s research into Bumble Bee’s practices, which found that environmental harm and human rights violations were present in the company’s supply chain.

Marilu Cristina Flores, Senior Oceans Campaigner at Greenpeace USA, said: “Consumers deserve transparency when purchasing what they believe to be sustainable and ethical seafood. We hope this lawsuit leads to urgent and comprehensive reform in an industry notorious for its harmful environmental practices, human rights violations, and lack of transparency. Bumble Bee, as one of the leading companies in the canned tuna market, has the power to impact the health of our oceans and the lives of fishers at sea. But for years, they have failed to take the full measure of their responsibility. It is time to hold them accountable." ...

Mallika Talwar, Senior Oceans Campaigner at Greenpeace USA...said: “Bumble Bee positions itself as dedicated to  “sustainable fishing” and advocates for fishers, and says their products are “Good For You.” But given the suspected environmental harm and human rights violations in their supply chain, we must ask, “Good for who?” That isn’t good for anyone  — not the vulnerable fishers who face harm or death, nor Americans who expect companies like Bumble Bee to ensure their products were not made with forced labor, and certainly not for our oceans and our planet. We call on Bumble Bee to put our planet and people before their profits and clean up their supply chains.”...