You care about your health and make an effort to include seafood in your diet – as much as 16 pounds annually according to Oceana, the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Yet, as a consumer, you are provided with little or no information about the origin of your fish, and the information on the labels is frequently misleading or fraudulent.
Recent studies show that seafood is mislabeled as often as 18 to 56 percent of the time in American cities for salmon, red snapper, white tuna, and Alaskan cod. Cheaper, less desirable, and more readily available fish are disguised as replacements. DNA barcoding in North America and Europe has confirmed that this type of fraud is happening at each step of the supply chain – from the processing and packaging phase, to distributors and restaurants.
Seafood mislabeling not only threatens your health and your budget, it also has a negative impact on the economy and the environment.
Seafood mislabeling has a direct impact on your health. Seafood that is not handled or refrigerated properly can cause severe illness. When one fish species is swapped for another that is carrying allergens, contaminants, or toxins, people can get sick.
You expect honest labeling in order to make informed decisions at the grocery store or when dining out.Buying seafood shouldn’t be a guessing game. Although mislabeling is against the law, it's a common practice which can cost you at the counter.
Seafood mislabeling and fraud doesn’t just impact your wallet, it affects every level of the seafood chain. From commercial fishermen to honest wholesalers, reputable processors to retailers and restaurants...when seafood fraud occurs, we all lose.
Seafood fraud undermines global conservation measures as well as consumer-driven efforts.
The actions implemented by NOAA and Oceana to protect at-risk species are harmed by illegal fishing and seafood fraud. Mislabeling can create a market for illegally caught fish, place unfair pressure on honest fishermen, and prevent consumers from making eco-friendly choices.
How does seafood mislabeling affect my health?
When one fish species is swapped for another that is carrying allergens, contaminants, or toxins, people can get sick.
What impact does seafood mislabeling have on my budget?
When one fish is swapped for another (cheaper) species, it is often done for economic gain, robbing you of your hard-earned dollars when you unknowingly buy falsely labeled fish.
Does seafood mislabeling impact the environment?
Yes. Seafood mislabeling gives the false impression that there is a steady supply of a popular fish, when in reality overfishing is occurring.
Who is affected most by seafood mislabeling?
From commercial fishermen to honest wholesalers, reputable processors to retailers and restaurants...when seafood fraud occurs, we all lose.
What should I do if I suspect seafood mislabeling in my area?
Contact BonafIDcatch to speak with one of our representatives.
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