Survey Reveals Widespread Mislabelling of Fish at Sushi Restaurants

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    Feb 22, 2013 2:11 PM GMT
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/02/21/oceana_fish_fraud_survey_reveals_widespread_mislabeling.html

    A new report out from the conservation group Oceana reveals widespread mislabeling of fish for sale in restaurants (and to a lesser extent grocery stores) around the country. In Southern California most of the fish in their sample was mislabeled and even in the "good" cities of Seattle and Portland basically one fish in five was mislabeled.

    The fish most likely to be phony are sold as "snapper" or "white tuna," while salmon is the order that's most likely to give you actual salmon. In many cases, you may say who cares? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, and if people like what they're eating, who cares if it's really snapper or not? But as Oceana notes, some of the common substitutions have substantial health implications. "White tuna," for example, is often really escolar and eating it "can have immediate and serious digestive effects for some people who eat more than a few ounces, which is why the FDA advises against the sale of this species, and other countries have banned it outright." Similarly, in the New York area at least tilefish is often sold as "snapper" even though tilefish is on the list of high-mercury-content fish that pregnant women and other vulnerable populations should avoid.
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    Feb 22, 2013 6:59 PM GMT
    when you order sushi in the UK it's actually horsemeat.
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    Feb 22, 2013 7:00 PM GMT
    there's fish in sushi?
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    Feb 22, 2013 11:29 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidthere's fish in sushi?


    no, i think they just spray it with imitation vagina extract.
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    Feb 22, 2013 11:33 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidthere's fish in sushi?

    LOL!!!
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    Feb 22, 2013 11:42 PM GMT
    But at least they haven't found horsemeat.
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    Feb 22, 2013 11:58 PM GMT
    I saw it in the news last week or Dr Oz show.
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    Feb 23, 2013 2:15 AM GMT
    MikeOnMain saidBut at least they haven't found horsemeat.


    Horse meat is good enough for many people Central Asia. Why not for Euros and Yanks as well? icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 23, 2013 5:38 AM GMT
    nicodegallo said
    MikeOnMain saidBut at least they haven't found horsemeat.


    Horse meat is good enough for many people Central Asia. Why not for Euros and Yanks as well? icon_lol.gif


    Because the horses that found their way into the UK foodchain had been doped with performance enhancing substances that are harmful to humans. they weren't raised to be eaten. nothing wrong with horsemeat, you just don't want to eat the ones that lost their last 10 races.

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    Feb 23, 2013 5:47 AM GMT
    nicodegallo said
    Horse meat is good enough for many people Central Asia. Why not for Euros and Yanks as well? icon_lol.gif


    Man, I wish they sell horse meat in regular markets here in the US. They might even be a better source of protein.