Seas choppy when it comes to labelling fish

Do you know where your fish and seafood come from?

Seafood mislabelling and fraud, which happen around the globe, have consequences for consumers’ wallets and their health, as well as for the world’s oceans, lakes and rivers.

Shoppers are cheated when lower-cost species are passed off as more expensive ones, like swapping tile fish, which can have high mercury levels, for snapper. Farmed salmon may be marketed as wild and pollock might be passed off as cod.

Oceana, a non-profit ocean advocacy group, found that, on average, one in five of the more than 25,000 samples of seafood tested worldwide in recent years were mislabelled. Up to 41 per cent of the Canadian seafood samples undergoing DNA analysis were also mislabelled.

Read more at Northumberland News

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.

Kayla Kuefler is the head writer and social media producer at Canadian Fraud News. Kayla was born-and-raised in Edmonton, Alberta and moved to Toronto in 2013 to pursue her Bachelor of Journalism at Ryerson University. Kayla has previously interned at Global News Edmonton, Global News Toronto and CBC News in London, England.

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