Know your Scottish Salmon

My Salmon: What am I buying?

Retailers

Who sells your salmon and how is it farmed?

All salmon produced in Scotland must be farmed under Scottish legislation guidelines, which includes adhering to the Code of Good Practice.  In addition, farms may choose from one or more of several certification schemes, which measure additional criteria to those required by law.  Retailers may also have their own certification schemes or criteria that they require their suppliers to adhere to.  The table below shows which schemes or criteria apply to Scottish salmon stocked by major UK retailers.  Scroll along to view all the information.

  • Aldi
  • ASDA
  • Co-op
  • Iceland
  • Lidl
  • M&S
  • Morrisons
  • Sainsburys
  • Tesco
  • Waitrose
 
  • Aldi

  • ASDA

  • Co-op

  • Iceland

  • Lidl

  • M&S

  • Morrisons

  • Sainsburys

  • Tesco

  • Waitrose

$20 / month
  • Aldi

  • ASDA

  • Co-op

  • Iceland

  • Lidl

  • M&S

  • Morrisons

  • Sainsburys


    Loch Leven, Loch Linnhe

  • Tesco

  • Waitrose

$50 / month
  • Aldi


    Specially selected

  • ASDA

  • Co-op


    Irresistible and smoked salmon

  • Iceland


    Luxury

  • Lidl


    Deluxe

  • M&S

  • Morrisons

  • Sainsburys

  • Tesco


    Finest

  • Waitrose

$60 / month
  • Aldi

  • ASDA

  • Co-op

  • Iceland

  • Lidl

  • M&S

  • Morrisons

  • Sainsburys

  • Tesco

  • Waitrose

$99 / month
  • Aldi

  • ASDA

  • Co-op

  • Iceland

  • Lidl

  • M&S

  • Morrisons

  • Sainsburys

  • Tesco

  • Waitrose

$99 / month
  • Aldi

  • ASDA

  • Co-op

  • Iceland

  • Lidl

  • M&S

  • Morrisons

  • Sainsburys

  • Tesco

  • Waitrose

$99 / month
  • Aldi

  • ASDA

  • Co-op

  • Iceland

  • Lidl

  • M&S

  • Morrisons

  • Sainsburys

  • Tesco

  • Waitrose

  • Aldi

  • ASDA

  • Co-op


    Own KPIs and standards for Scottish salmon

  • Iceland

  • Lidl

  • M&S


    Lochmuir™

  • Morrisons

  • Sainsburys

  • Tesco


    Tesco Welfare Approved

  • Waitrose


    Waitrose Farm Assessment

  • Aldi

  • ASDA

  • Co-op

    Mostly sourced from Scottish Salmon Company, Grieg Seafood and Cooke Aquaculture

  • Iceland

  • Lidl

  • M&S

    Cooke Aquaculture Scottish Sea Farms

  • Morrisons

  • Sainsburys

    Marine Harvest

  • Tesco

  • Waitrose

    Marine Harvest, Cooke Aquaculture, Scottish Sea Farms,The Scottish Salmon Company

  • Aldi

  • ASDA

  • Co-op

  • Iceland

  • Lidl

  • M&S

  • Morrisons

  • Sainsburys

  • Tesco

  • Waitrose

  • Aldi

  • ASDA

  • Co-op

  • Iceland

  • Lidl

  • M&S

  • Morrisons

  • Sainsburys

  • Tesco

  • Waitrose

- All Scottish salmon sold by the retailer adhere to this certification scheme or criteria; the retailer is a member of the relevant organisation; products are traceable to individual farm.

- Some of the farms which supply the retailer are certified by this scheme or criteria. If it is a certain line of the product the name is stated, i.e. Aldi ‘Specially selected’ Scottish salmon is RSPCA certified; some information available on product source and/or supplier, not traceable to individual farm.

- None of the Scottish salmon sold by the retailer appear to be certified by this scheme or criteria; no information is available (Suppliers & sources); the retailer is not a member of the relevant organisation.

Certification

Many of the portions of Scottish salmon for sale in UK retailers are labelled with the RSPCA logo, or a logo declaring the product is ‘responsibly’ or ‘sustainably’ farmed, but what do these actually mean?

The labels assert that the salmon has been produced to certain standards. The reliability of these labels depends upon whether assessment is undertaken regularly by an external  independent third party. Several sets of standards, or ‘certification’ schemes, have been developed by salmon farming companies and by other organisations.

The certification schemes are shown in the table below, with a brief description of the main criteria of each. Scottish legislation and the Code of Good Practice are included for comparison.  Several retailers have their own internal standards in addition to or instead of external third party schemes. We have applied a simple weighting and score* to each scheme across 11 different criteria, with a total of 33 points available. Those deemed to have the strictest requirements in any single criteria have also been highlighted.  Several of the schemes are under review, and the table is subject to change.  Direct comparison of the schemes is difficult due to the different methods of assessment used and the table should be used for guidance only.

Whilst some certification schemes assert a higher standard, an ideal solution has not yet been reached and a score of 33 does not indicate a perfect scheme.

Summary of Certification scheme criteria

  • ASC (29)
  • Friends of the Sea (16)
  • GAA BAP (21)
  • Global GAP (25)
  • Label Rouge (20)
  • Organic - Soil Association (22)
  • RSPCA (23)
  • Code of Good Practice (20)
  • Scottish Government legislation (20)
 
Environmental Impact
$20 / month
  • ASC (29)

  • Friends of the Sea (16)

  • GAA BAP (21)

  • Global GAP (25)

  • Label Rouge (20)

  • Organic - Soil Association (22)

  • RSPCA (23)

  • Code of Good Practice (20)

  • Scottish Government legislation (20)

Disease
$50 / month
  • ASC (29)

  • Friends of the Sea (16)

  • GAA BAP (21)

  • Global GAP (25)

  • Label Rouge (20)

  • Organic - Soil Association (22)

  • RSPCA (23)

  • Code of Good Practice (20)

  • Scottish Government legislation (20)

Treatment
$60 / month
  • ASC (29)

  • Friends of the Sea (16)

  • GAA BAP (21)

  • Global GAP (25)

  • Label Rouge (20)

  • Organic - Soil Association (22)

  • RSPCA (23)

  • Code of Good Practice (20)

  • Scottish Government legislation (20)

Feed
$99 / month
  • ASC (29)

  • Friends of the Sea (16)

  • GAA BAP (21)

  • Global GAP (25)

  • Label Rouge (20)

  • Organic - Soil Association (22)

  • RSPCA (23)

  • Code of Good Practice (20)

  • Scottish Government legislation (20)

Predators
$99 / month
  • ASC (29)

  • Friends of the Sea (16)

  • GAA BAP (21)

  • Global GAP (25)

  • Label Rouge (20)

  • Organic - Soil Association (22)

  • RSPCA (23)

  • Code of Good Practice (20)

  • Scottish Government legislation (20)

Escapes
$99 / month
  • ASC (29)

  • Friends of the Sea (16)

  • GAA BAP (21)

  • Global GAP (25)

  • Label Rouge (20)

  • Organic - Soil Association (22)

  • RSPCA (23)

  • Code of Good Practice (20)

  • Scottish Government legislation (20)

Marine Protected Area
(MPAs)
$99 / month
  • ASC (29)

  • Friends of the Sea (16)

  • GAA BAP (21)

  • Global GAP (25)

  • Label Rouge (20)

  • Organic - Soil Association (22)

  • RSPCA (23)

  • Code of Good Practice (20)

  • Scottish Government legislation (20)

Animal Welfare
$99 / month
  • ASC (29)

  • Friends of the Sea (16)

  • GAA BAP (21)

  • Global GAP (25)

  • Label Rouge (20)

  • Organic - Soil Association (22)

  • RSPCA (23)

  • Code of Good Practice (20)

  • Scottish Government legislation (20)

Traceability
$99 / month
  • ASC (29)

  • Friends of the Sea (16)

  • GAA BAP (21)

  • Global GAP (25)

  • Label Rouge (20)

  • Organic - Soil Association (22)

  • RSPCA (23)

  • Code of Good Practice (20)

  • Scottish Government legislation (20)

Social Responsibility
$99 / month
  • ASC (29)

  • Friends of the Sea (16)

  • GAA BAP (21)

  • Global GAP (25)

  • Label Rouge (20)

  • Organic - Soil Association (22)

  • RSPCA (23)

  • Code of Good Practice (20)

  • Scottish Government legislation (20)

Enforcement
$99 / month
  • ASC (29)

  • Friends of the Sea (16)

  • GAA BAP (21)

  • Global GAP (25)

  • Label Rouge (20)

  • Organic - Soil Association (22)

  • RSPCA (23)

  • Code of Good Practice (20)

  • Scottish Government legislation (20)

Score (/33)
$99 / month
  • ASC (29)

    29

  • Friends of the Sea (16)

    16

  • GAA BAP (21)

    21

  • Global GAP (25)

    25

  • Label Rouge (20)

    20

  • Organic - Soil Association (22)

    22

  • RSPCA (23)

    23

  • Code of Good Practice (20)

    20

  • Scottish Government legislation (20)

    20

- Strictest requirements (*3)

- Requirements (*2)

- Recommendations (*1)

- No recommendations or requirements (*0)