Further to our post about recent research into Olive harvesting and how this could be damaging bird populations

News from the Telegraph on how suppliers and supermarkets are responding and making sure their sources of olives are bird-friendly:

British supermarkets have admitted that they could be selling olive oil produced in a way which kills millions of songbirds every year, as they promise to investigate their sourcing.

Supermarkets including Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury's could not confirm whether the brands they stock are machine harvested at night.

A Tesco spokesperson said the supermarket is investigating how it will pick olives for its oils this year after concerns were raised by shoppers.

They said: "All the whole olives that we sell are harvested during the day by hand or by using hand held tools. We won't be harvesting olives for olive oil until October.

"We're currently looking into how we pick these olives so, by the time it comes to harvest them, all the necessary changes will have been made."

Waitrose and Sainsbury's spokespeople confirmed that their own-brand olives and olive products are hand-picked, but did not confirm whether the other brands they stock are similarly ethical.

A Waitrose spokesperson added:  "All the olives that are either destined to be used in Waitrose table olives or Waitrose olive oils are either picked by hand or picked using a handheld tool."

Read the full article on the Telegraph here


Read our previous post on this subject here

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