Mislabeled fish a widespread problem
Peter Fimrite
Updated 9:13 am, Thursday, February 21, 2013

A third of the seafood sold nationwide and almost 40 percent of the fish purchased by consumers in Northern California was not what it was touted to be, a study released Thursday by the nonprofit group Oceana revealed.

Genetic testing of 1,215 fish taken from 674 retail outlets, grocery stores and sushi bars throughout the United States between 2010 and 2012 found that 33 percent of the samples had been mislabeled, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines.

Researchers with Oceana, a group dedicated to preserving the ocean ecosystem, reported finding seafood mislabeling in all 21 states where they tested, including retail outlets in San Francisco, Monterey, Los Angeles, Seattle and Portland.

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Nationwide fish mislabeling poses health risk, expert says
February 22, 2013 10:56 AM

(CBS News) After a report issued by an environmental group found that more than a third of the fish from over 1,200 samples taken from retail outlets across the U.S. was mislabeled, Dr. Urvashi Rangan, the Director of Consumer Safety and Sustainability at Consumer Reports, spoke to “CBS This Morning” about the real danger behind mislabeled fish.

The “biggest offenders seem to be red snapper … tuna, grouper,” she said. “We found sole was also mislabeled.”

Rangan explained that while “often times cheaper fish are being substituted and being sold as more expensive fish,” the mislabeling can pose a health risk, too.

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