Food Authenticity Research Network Hub

Logo Authent-Net Logo CRA-W

show news story

Title : Oceana Study: 'Fish Fraud' Ripping Off American Consumers
Author(s) :
Source : Food Safety News
Year : 2018
Link : http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/08/americans-are-getting-ripped-off-by-fish-fraud-oceana-study-finds/
Country : United States of America
Commodity: SE-Fish and fish products
Abstract: In a follow-up to its February report finding one-third of the seafood tested in the United States is mislabeled according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines, an oceans-protection group says Americans are paying a high price for fish fraud. Oceana, an international group advocating for protection of the world’s oceans, says that swapped species can cost consumers twice as much when cheaper counterparts are sold as premium choices. Just as horsemeat was sold as beef all over Europe when its price was only about one-fifth that of the more-expensive meat, the new report from Oceana says that seafood fraud is practiced on consumers when less-expensive and less-desirable species are passed off as high-quality fish. “ Swapping a lower-cost fish for a higher-value one is like ordering a filet mignon and getting a hamburger instead,” says report author Margot Stiles.