Seafood Fraud Is Literally Everywhere--Here's What You Need To Know
September 21, 2016
According to a recent report, your fish might be fake. Oceana, an ocean conservation advocacy group, found that one in five (that’s 20%) of over 25,000 seafood samples worldwide were mislabeled. Well, that’s fishy.
But it gets worse. One restaurant in Santa Monica, California was selling whale meat as tuna. Yep, and if you’re planning to travel to Brussels anytime soon, you should know that 98% of 69 bluefish tuna dishes tested in restaurants were actually a different kind of fish. Oh, and in Italy, 82% of 200 samples of grouper, perch and swordfish that were tested were mislabeled. OMG, vom.
This whole phenomenon is known as “seafood fraud” and it’s actually such a big problem that President Obama is getting involved. He proposed a plan to develop a traceability program to figure out where fish is coming from, particularly for 13 types of seafood that are at higher risk for fraud. Please let that happen soon…
Sorry if you’re officially freaked out, we didn’t do it for the halibut (lol, had to). Just wanted to keep you fish-eaters in the loop. If you’re wondering how to make sure the fish you’re eating is actually what it’s listed to be, report author Kimberly Warner recommends asking waiters and grocers more about the fish in question. “Some grocers provide traceable fish, and if people ask, hopefully managers will learn people want to know where their seafood comes from.”
So, maybe, don’t order in from that sketchy sushi place. Make sure the place you’re getting fish from is reliable!