Seafood mislabeled cases in the US reach 33 percent, Oceana study says (Video)

By on Feb 22, 2013 in Animals, Business, United States Comments

There are 33 percent of seafood mislabeled cases found in the US, according to a recent study by Oceana, a non-profit organization in the country that is dedicated to ocean conservation. This means that one out of three seafood samples that were sold in the US was labeled incorrectly. A report video is available below.

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According to a report at on Thursday, February 21, 2013, they conducted the study from 2010 to 2012, and have collected more than 1,200 seafood samples from 674 retail outlets in 21 US states. This is to expose the alleged on-going seafood fraud in the country and to discourage overfishing.

As noted in the report, DNA test results revealed that 33% of the 1,215 seafood samples they analyzed have wrong labels, based on the guidelines released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Among those with the highest mislabeling rates are snapper and tuna, which had 87 and 59 percent, respectively.

Among the significant figures that were highlighted in the pdf file report by Oceana include having 44% of the retailed outlets, grocery stores, restaurants, and sushi venues that were checked have mislabeled fish. Seventy-four percent were sushi outlets, 38% were restaurants, and 18% were grocery stores.

Based on the map by Oceana, Pennsylvania had the highest seafood fraud they with 56%, where tilapia was substituted for red snapper. Other areas with high percentage include South Florida; Northern California; New York, New York; Chicago; Boston, Atlanta; Washington D.C; Austin; and Houston.

Although there were no mention of the names of the business establishments involved, Oceana noted that 27 out of 46 (or 59%) of the fish types investigated have mislabeling problems, and that only seven out of the 120 samples of red snapper bought nationwide were real red snapper.

With this, Oceana emphasized that the government should increase the inspection and testing of seafood in the US, particularly for mislabeling, noting that seafood fraud does not only harm consumers’ wallets, but also all honest vendors and fishermen who are being cheated in the process.

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Video Credit: Oceanaorg/YouTube

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