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Food Responsibility

 

Ethical Trading

Business Principle

Stateside Foods and our supply base will work in accordance with the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code.

Challenges

Modern supply chains are vast, complex and span the globe, and retailers and their suppliers must take responsibility for improving the working conditions of the people who make the products they sell.

Together with the ETI, our vision is a world where all workers are free from exploitation and discrimination, and work in conditions of freedom, security and equality.

Progress to Date

Stateside Foods have been a committed member of Sedex since 2008, with 85% of our total supply base signed up to Sedex membership.

Stateside Foods has also been accredited with the Walmart Ethical Trading standards since 2011.

Stateside Foods also ensures proactive promotion of the ETI base code throughout our production facilities.

Stateside Foods are a member of the “Stronger Together” initiative which aims to tackle hidden labour exploitation.

Delivery Goals

We will continue to work with all of our supply base to ensure our suppliers are certified Sedex members.

We will work towards exceeding the expectations of the ETI base code focusing on issues like wages, hours of work, health and safety and the right to join free trade unions.

We will commit an ethical code of labour practice that we expect our suppliers to work towards.

New Technologies

Business Principle

We will review the use of raw materials which have been processed under new technologies. We will not use any such materials unless we are fully satisfied with their safety.

Challenges

Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale. Because of the potential threat of toxicity, risking health and the environment, we ensure that our ingredients avoid this form of technology.

We also do not permit any irradiated foods into our products. Food irradiation is the process of treating food with a specific dosage of radiation to slow or halt enzymatic or microbial spoilage. The risks associated with this process are that not only can it destroy the nutrient content of food but more seriously, it may not kill all microbial toxins. There are some question marks surrounding the dangers to human health, particularly in the long term.

Progress to Date

Because of the uncertainty and unknown factors associated with certain new technologies, Stateside Foods ensures 100% of its supply base and raw materials are free from such applications.

Delivery Goals

We will continue to screen the supply base to ensure the continued safety of all of our raw materials.

Natural Flavourings

Business Principle

We will promote the use of natural flavourings in our products and ingredients.

Challenges

Artificial flavourings are complicated concoctions sometimes made up of many different chemical ingredients. The concern with artificial flavourings is that they are believed to be linked to behavioural issues, particularly Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, allergies and asthma, whereas natural flavourings are made from nature derived substances such as fruit and spices.

Progress to Date

We work closely with our supply base to ensure we can provide materials which don’t contain any artificial additives. Currently 100% of our raw materials contain natural flavourings.

Delivery Goals

We will maintain our 100% record of raw materials containing natural flavourings and ensure any new raw materials brought into the business also comply.

We will continue developing products with our supply base which don’t contain artificial additives.

Best for Food

Business Principle

We will continue to work to limit salt, saturated fat and sugar in our products and we will ensure we provide clear nutritional labelling following the most recent government guidelines.

Challenges

Life expectancy in the UK is longer than ever, but the number of people with chronic illnesses and obesity is rising. The reasons why people become overweight are complex but we believe the solution lies in education, a balanced diet and active lifestyle. This will require input from many areas of society including the food industry, health and nutrition groups as well as our customers and suppliers.

Progress to Date

We actively aim to achieve FSA Salt Guidelines.

All of our branded and own label products have front of pack nutrition labelling to assist consumers with the food choices.

We are working to ensure that our workforce are fully educated in lifestyle choices and that they adopt a more active lifestyle.

No hydrogenated vegetable oils or trans-fats are used in any of our products.

Delivery Goals

We continue to adhere to the principles of the Government Responsibility Deal .

Continue to work closely with our retail customers and the Department of Health to meet new policies and pledges going forward

Animal Welfare

Business Principle

We recognise that it is important animals are reared to a certain standard to ensure a good quality of life. We therefore are committed to ensuring the higher welfare standards of the animals supplying our meat and poultry.

Challenges

The welfare and well being of animals includes meeting certain standards such as providing adequate living space and conditions, light, diet and the avoidance of industrial intensive farming.

Progress to Date

We work with suppliers who adhere to EU legislation and standards regarding animal welfare, or are accredited to higher welfare standards.

Delivery Goals

We will continue to only work with a supply base that meets EU and higher welfare standards.

Genetically Modified Food

Business Principle

Stateside Foods ensures our foods are free from genetically modified ingredients .

Challenges

Genetically modified foods (GM foods, or biotech foods) are foods produced from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), specifically, genetically modified crops. GMOs have had specific changes introduced into their DNA by genetic engineering techniques. There is broad scientific consensus that food on the market derived from GM crops poses no greater risk to human health than conventional food. Critics have objected to GM foods on several grounds, including safety issues, ecological concerns, and economic concerns.

Progress to Date

Because of the lack of clarity in the safety of genetically modified foods, Stateside Foods screens its supply base and all of its raw materials to ensure they are free from GMOs.

Delivery Goals

We will continue our screening and maintain our stance on genetically modified free foods, both on new and existing suppliers and raw materials.

Continue to analyse the information available to ensure our strategy is up to date.

Traceability & Sourcing

Business Principle

We will only purchase from fully auditable and traceable sources.

Challenges

With continual new and emerging food safety and ethical issues, it is more critical than ever for a food manufacturer to 100% assure the customer on the sources of its products. The challenge for the food manufacturer is to continue to source safely whilst facing ever increasing raw material prices.

Progress to Date

During the horsemeat incident in 2013, Stateside Foods were able to 100% trace all meat products and confirm that no cross contamination took place. Stateside Foods has always implemented a strict supplier screening system where suppliers and products are graded and vetted based on risk.

This issue itself is not an isolated event, the Sudan I scare in 2005 and the 2008 dioxins in Irish pork scandal are again notable examples.

In all cases Stateside Foods control procedures proved to be sufficient to ensure that we had complete control of our food sources.

Delivery Goals

We are continually working with our suppliers to improve our systems to ensure a more detailed level of traceability.

We do not use suppliers unless they can provide the information we need for traceability and sourcing.