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.
With the U.S. conducting safety inspections for only 2% of the seafood that’s imported, seafood fraud is easy and so is the market that launders illegally caught seafood products.
Overfishing, destructive fishing practices, and blatant disregard for certain areas and animals in need of conservation occur as a result.Because of its lack of import controls, the U.S. has become a target for dumping illegal, unpopular, and poor quality seafood.
Though agencies like the FDA, CBP, NOAA, USDA, and FTC may not have aligned methodologies, they all agree that every level of the seafood chain, from the fisherman to the consumer, suffers as a result of seafood fraud.
Honest seafood producers are undercut by sellers and other fishermen who skirt the rules. The muddied tally of stocks endangers fish species. Reputations are at stake among vendors and chefs. Diners are at risk of ingesting toxins and allergens. There is a cost to mislabeled seafood at every level. Legitimate businesses lose hard-earned profits, and consumers have no means to make safe and eco-friendly choices.
The best way to protect your health is to be sure to dine or shop at BonafIDcatch approved establishments.
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