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Oceana is a conservation organization. They say they've now conducted the largest seafood fraud investigation in the world to date. They analyzed 1,215 seafood samples from 674 retail outlets in 21 states between 2010 and 2012. And what they found, if true, is discouraging.
Oceana says a third of all the seafood sold in the United States is mislabeled and we, the consumers don't even have a clue. I can understand that because once fished is cleaned and fileted, sometimes there's just no good way of telling what you get.
According to the study, fish sold as snapper had the highest mislabeling rate. The study found that 87% of the time we thought we were buying snapper, it was something else. Here's the one I don't get. Tuna was next on the list at 59%. Now there's really no mistaking tuna. It's a red meat and pretty thick.
They didn't identify the outlets and they did not say where in the supply chain the mislabeling occured.
So what can we do about it? Oceana is calling for a system that tracks the fish from the boat to the plate and they say it needs to be on the federal level. They say it's not necessarily a health threat, but it's certainly a huge cheating scandal that hurts the wallets from the fishermen to the consumer and everyone in between.