Alaska hosts Walmart execs over salmon labelling issue

JUNEAU — State officials will host a delegation of Walmart executives in Juneau next week to further discuss a flap over seafood certification and how the company buys seafood.

In 2011, the world’s largest retailer decided to only buy seafood that was certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council, a London-based organization.

The Northwest and Alaska Seiners Association of Kenai says a number of large Alaska processors have dropped the MSC program because of costs and burdensome paperwork.

In a Friday letter to Walmart’s incoming president, Doug McMillon, Parnell said he welcomes the company’s pledge to work toward a policy that supports Alaska’s commitment to sustainability instead of a particular seafood certification.

Alaska officials previously met with officials at Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Ark.

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