Japanese pigs raised on recycled food-based feed
Retail giant, Aeon Co, has announced that they will begin selling pork from
pigs raised on feed made by recycling unsold vegetables and other
Starting in June, the firm will sell the pork at a
total of 55 Jusco and Maxvalu outlets in Tokyo and four nearby prefectures in
the Kanto eastern Japan region.
The meat will
be priced at about 130 yen per 100 grams, roughly the same as prices of domestic
pork available at present. Aeon also plans to sell the pork in such prefectures
as Miyagi, Mie and Aichi in the future as it aims to establish a nationwide food
Initially, Aeon will collect unsold foods from 25
outlets in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, in cooperation with a recycling
company in the prefecture, Aeon officials
The company is aiming to raise the
proportion of recycled foods to 45 pct by fiscal 2012 from 32.6 pct in fiscal
2007. Japanese retailers are required to achieve a food recycling rate of 45 pct
or higher by fiscal 2012 under the revised food recycling law that took effect
last December. Costs for recycling waste foods are twice as much as those for
incinerating them at present.
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