Extensive Study Reveals Substantial Seafood Food Fraud

Extensive Study Reveals Substantial Seafood Food Fraud

An extensive two year study of more 1200 seafood samples from more than 674 retail outlets in 21 states revealed substantial seafood food fraud.  When you think you’re buying tuna, there’s a 59 percent chance its “mislabeled”.  With that high of a number, do you really think that this is negligence?  Or is it gross negligence or intentional fraud?

Complicating things more is that some of the fish substituted have elevated levels of mercury or types of fish that certain groups are advised against eating for health reasons.

Oceana published its 69 page detail report.  I encourage you to at least read the two page  “Executive Summary” so you can be a wise steward when you go seafood shopping. –No Name Attorney

Oceana Study Reveals Seafood Fraud Nationwide

By Kimberly Warner, Ph.D., Walker Timme, Beth Lowell and Michael Hirshfield, Ph.D.

Americans are routinely urged to include more seafood in their diets as part of a healthy lifestyle. Yet consumers are often given inadequate, confusing or misleading information about the seafood theypurchase. The dishonest and illegal practice of substituting one seafood species for another, or seafood fraud, has been uncovered both in the United States and abroad at levels ranging from 25 to more than 70 percent for commonly swapped species such as red snapper, wild salmon and Atlantic cod.

From 2010 to 2012, Oceana conducted one of the largest seafood fraud investigations in the world todate, collecting more than 1,200 seafood samples from 674 retail outlets in 21 states to determine if they were honestly labeled. DNA testing found that one-third (33 percent) of the 1,215 samples analyzed nationwide were mislabeled, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines.

Of the most commonly collected fish types, samples sold as snapper and tuna had the highest mislabeling rates (87 and 59 percent, respectively), with the majority of the samples identified by DNAanalysis as something other than what was found on the label. In fact, only seven of the 120 samples of red snapper purchased nationwide were actually red snapper. The other 113 samples were another fish. Halibut, grouper, cod and Chilean seabass were also mislabeled between 19 and 38 percent of the time,while salmon was mislabeled 7 percent of the time.

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Also you might be interested in this interview with the principle investigators of this study.