Think You’re Buying Tuna? Think Again
Oceana, a non-profit ocean protection group, recently completed one of the largest seafood fraud investigations to ever be conducted and what they uncovered was both shocking and disturbing.
The group collected more than 1,200 seafood samples from 674 restuarant and grocery sources in 21 states. After DNA testing, they found that 33 percent of the fish samples were fraudulently labeled.
The most common offenders were snapper and tuna. Oceana’s investigation found that only 13% of the fish being sold as snapper tested positive to be snapper while only 41 percent of the tuna tested was confirmed to be tuna.
In fact, 84 percent of the tuna sampled was found to actually be escolar, a fish that has reportedly been associated with oily anal leakage.
Oceana noted, “Our findings demonstrate that a comprehensive and transparent traceability system – one that tracks fish from boat to plate – must be established at the national level.” The non-profit group would also like to see increased inspection and testing of our seafood, specifically for mislabeling, as “seafood fraud harms not only consumers’ wallets, but also every honest vendor and fisherman cheated in the process,” the group said.
Oceana which discusses more of the details of their investigation–and what they have to say about it! What are your thoughts? Please share in the comments. And if you’re interested in a reliable source of seafood products, we highly recommend checking out Vital Choice Wild Seafood and Organics. They specialize in fresh, sustainably caught wild (never farm-raised) salmon and seafood and with them you can really trust what you’re getting.
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Article updated on: February 25th, 2013