December 11, 2012

IT'S ALL JUST FISH:

Seafood fraud widespread in N.Y., probe finds (Tiffany Hsu, December 11, 2012, LA Times)

There's a good chance that the white tuna sashimi served up at your favorite Manhattan sushi joint isn't white tuna at all.

Instead, 94% of the fish labeled as white tuna in New York turned out to be escolar, a type of snake mackerel with a toxin linked to digestive problems, according to an investigation by conservation and advocacy group Oceana.

DNA tests of 142 seafood samples taken from New York grocery stores, restaurants and sushi venues showed that 39% were mislabeled as different species, according to Oceana.

Earlier Oceana tests showed a 31% fraud rate in Miami, 48% in Boston and 55% in Los Angeles.
Posted by at December 11, 2012 7:57 PM
  
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