Young’s which supplies 40% of UK fish admits to continuing to buy from Russia

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“We purchase some fish caught in the Barents Sea and Northwest Pacific by Russian vessels.”

Around the world, governments, companies and consumers are banning and boycotting Russian-made products following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

More than one million people have already fled Ukraine since the conflict began, while thousands of civilians are believed to have been killed.

While scores of big name brands including Apple, Nike and PayPal have confirmed they are temporarily cutting ties with Russia, in solidarity with Ukraine, Young’s Seafood, which supplies approximately 40 per cent of all the fish eaten in the UK each year, has admitted to continuing to buy fish from Russia – despite the horrific human cost of the conflict unfolding in Ukraine.

On Friday, a spokesperson for Young’s told SalmonBusiness, “We purchase some fish caught in the Barents Sea and Northwest Pacific by Russian vessels. We are reviewing our supply chain and liaising with government and other parties to ensure we can continue to deliver sustainably sourced seafood in an appropriate way.”

With several UK supermarkets including Morrisons and the Co-Op, stopping selling Russian Standard vodka, will Grimsby’s largest employer, Young’s Seafood, be next to feel the wrath of concerned UK consumers?