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, recent DNA barcoding analysis has shown that substituting fish species happened 37% in St. Louis, 35% in Kansas City, 18% in Portland, 48% in Boston, 52% in Southern California, and 35% nationwide.
Today there are more than 1,700 species of seafood available in the American marketplace, making it nearly impossible for individual consumers to determine whether or not the fish they ordered are the fish they were served.
When one fish species is swapped for a cheaper species, it is often done for economic gain, robbing you of your hard-earned dollars when you unknowingly buy falsely labeled fish. According to Oceana, only seven of the
120 red snapper samples in its study were correctly labeled.
Other species like cod, Chilean sea bass, grouper, and halibut were mislabeled 19 to 38% of the time. Of the grocery stores, restaurants, and sushi bars Oceana visited, 44% sold mislabeled fish. While restaurants and grocery stores had lower rates of seafood mislabeling, consumers were most likely to be duped by sushi bars, three-fourths of which sold mislabeled fish.
The best way to protect your health is to be sure to dine or shop at BonafIDcatch approved establishments.
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