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Report Finds Widespread Mislabeling Of Fish In Markets, Restaurants, Sushi Bars

February 21, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Nonprofit ocean protection group Oceana reports that about a third of 1,215 fish samples purchased in the U.S. between 2012 and 2012 were mislabeled, in apparent violation of federal guidelines. Samples in the study were bought at restaurants, markets and sushi bars in 12 areas of the country. Of 120 samples labeled red snapper, 28 different species were found, including 17 that were not in the snapper family. The study has implications for public health, as well. In New York, tilefish, which are known for their mercury content, was sold as red snapper, which the report called “one of the most egregious swaps”.
Kirk Johnson, "Survey Finds That Fish Are Often Not What Label Says", The New York Times, February 21, 2013, © The New York Times Company
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