Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Fake Fish Will Dredge Up Your Murky Depths

"Fish is frequently misidentified on menus and grocery store counters in New York City, even at expensive restaurants and specialty shops, DNA testing for a new study found…. In some cases, cheaper types of fish were substituted for expensive species. In others, fish that consumers have been urged to avoid because stocks are depleted, putting the species or a fishery at risk, was identified as a type of fish that is not threatened. Although such mislabeling violates laws protecting consumers, it is hard to detect. Some of the findings present public health concerns…. Ninety-four percent of fish sold as white tuna was not tuna at all but in many cases a fish known as snake mackerel, or escolar, which contains a toxin that can cause severe diarrhea if more than a few ounces of meat are ingested."
—See, this is why I stick to meat. Anyway, be careful out there. Escolar is not something to mess around with.

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dado (#102)

If you order fried calimari you've pretty much indicated that you don't care what the hell they serve you.

hershmire (#233,671)

Deception on an unprecedented scale!

gregorg (#30)

and here I was, most alarmed that Radar was still reporting on things in 2012.

BadUncle (#153)

At last. I didn't realize fake "white tuna" was the villain in my own case of sushi-related gastric distress. Or, maybe it was the company.

I paid for white tuna and got scrod.

Aatom (#74)

I knew it! I never trusted white tuna. Doesn't really resemble tuna in any way and always seems kind of like plastic. The Mitt Romney of fish.

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