A recent independent review of retail fish sales showed false labels on between 25-37% of all fish sold in America.
About a third of all seafood imports are mislabeled during port inspection.
The United States imports over 80% of all seafood consumed here.
Only 2% of our seafood is ever safety tested.
Mystery fish, and the fraudulent practices behind them, are serious threats to our ecology and our health.
The most common fraudulent fish are those labeled red snapper, swordfish, wild salmon, grouper and Atlantic cod. No matter what some restaurants and supermarkets tell you, yellowfin, yellowtail, bigeye, albacore, skipjack and sometimes even bluefin, are often confused and sold interchangeably.
The alphabet soup of regulatory agencies supposed to regulate seafood safety (and labeling) in America amounts to a mish-mash of feckless bureaucrats doing virtually nothing in either area — unlike meat and poultry which are highly regulated.
The illnesses you can get from tainted seafood make salmonella-infected chicken (or e-coli contaminated beef) seem like a day at the beach. (ELV can personally attest to this one.)
These are but a few of the sobering facts contained in the Oceana Institute’s recent white paper on fraudulent seafood practices throughout the world. Here is a link to the entire 40 page report, and here is the link to today’s New York Times article about this problem.
Read them both and weep…and understand why ELV only eats seafood when he’s within eyesight of an ocean, or at a very good restaurant.