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The Most Frequently Mislabeled Fish
TBI ^ | 12-12-2012 | Dina Spector

Posted on 12/11/2012 10:40:09 AM PST by blam

The Most Frequently Mislabeled Fish

Dina Spector
Dec. 11, 2012, 12:46 PM

If you live in New York, and buy or eat fish, then at some point you probably received something different than what thought you were getting, The New York Times' Elisabeth Rosenthal reports.

A surprising number of mislabeled seafood items end up in grocery stores and restaurants, a new study by conservation group Ocenana revealed. More specifically, researchers found that 56, or 39 percent, of 142 fish samples DNA tested were were different from what they claimed to be.

Fish labeled as white tuna often turned out be escolar (a buttery fish that is known to cause gastrointestinal issues) and fish parading as red snapper could have been anything from tilapia to Atlantic Cod.

Here's a chart from the study laying out fish that are commonly swapped for a different species:


(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fish; food; talapia; tuna
I watch my fish consumption closely because high omega-6 Talapia is often substituted and high levels of omega-6 is bad for your health.

Most Talapia is grown in 'poo-poo' ponds in Asia. I read where one farmer fed his fish only feces from pigs.

So.....

1 posted on 12/11/2012 10:40:15 AM PST by blam
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To: blam
Doesn't matter what the fish are eating. Its the post mortem handling that makes the wholesomeness questionable. I remember recovering bodies from pilots that had crashed in Mobile Bay and their entire faces were removed by the crabs. Lucky for me, I can't eat shellfish. I'm sure there are many that enjoy crabmeat from the Alabama Gulf Coast.
2 posted on 12/11/2012 10:48:32 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: blam

That’s because most New Yorkers have never bothered to go fishing. But they are so much smarter than us hayseeds from the south!


3 posted on 12/11/2012 10:50:31 AM PST by poobear (Socialism, in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: blam
You purchased: fugu
You received: cod with a squirt of lidocaine for that numb neurotoxin feeling.
4 posted on 12/11/2012 10:53:36 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: blam; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

Wanda?


5 posted on 12/11/2012 10:54:10 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: blam
What seafood did you eat?

Consult the FDA 2012 Complete Seafood List.

6 posted on 12/11/2012 11:05:18 AM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: blam

The fact that Chilean Sea Bass (a very large saltwater fish) and Striped Bass (commonly caught in a freshwater pond near you) could be mistaken for one another points to the heart of the problem.

Kitchen staff illiteracy.


7 posted on 12/11/2012 11:15:15 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: blam

Tilapia don’t eat the “Poo”. Animal manure fertilizes the algae, duckweed and other plants in the pond, the tilapia eat the algae & plants.

Central American tilapia producers use a feed made from about 90% grain and the remainder in fish meal.


8 posted on 12/11/2012 11:15:20 AM PST by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
Erroneously mislabeled as deceased.


9 posted on 12/11/2012 11:18:24 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: blam

Not being sarcastic here - I really do want your opinion. Would you be more inclined to purchase Talapia grown in the US with a 100% organic certification from the USDA over Talapia of unknown origin? If so, would you be willing to pay more and what percentage more?

I ask because I am looking into a business plan for raising Talapia in a fish farm here in the US.


10 posted on 12/11/2012 11:38:39 AM PST by taxcontrol
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Striped Bass is usually caught in the salt water in the Northeast. They do spawn in brackish estuaries and are often caught there but I am unaware that they are caught in fresh water ponds. They can grow to about 60 pounds.


11 posted on 12/11/2012 11:39:07 AM PST by Inwoodian
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To: a fool in paradise
Erroneously mislabeled as deceased.

Keep reloading...

12 posted on 12/11/2012 11:48:53 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: taxcontrol
I know a local restaurant that has gone the extra mile to secure US fish and make it clear to the customers. He made appropriate pricing modifications (including offering half price fish tacos only on Monday and during Lent rather than continually on Fridays as well).

It is an upscale market (but not an upscale restaurant, just the clientele)

Your millage may vary.

I also don't like living in a city dominated by Fertitta owned seafood restaurants that don't even use local sea food in the coast locations. I make the effort to go elsewhere.

13 posted on 12/11/2012 12:00:36 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: blam

No problem in Louisiana. Most the fish we eat here in restaurants were swimming either this morning or yesterday. At home I’ve caught everything I eat. (fish)


14 posted on 12/11/2012 12:12:08 PM PST by NY Cajun
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To: vetvetdoug

“I remember recovering bodies from pilots that had crashed in Mobile Bay and their entire faces were removed by the crabs.”

Note to self: No more NanSeas West Indies Salad.


15 posted on 12/11/2012 12:15:19 PM PST by logitech (Who's here so vile, that will not love his country? If any speak, for him I have offended)
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To: blam

Hey, I would take Yellowtail over Mai Mai any day of the week! Yellowtail snapper is the sweetest tasting fish in the sea. Whenever I am in Fla. or the Keys I look for it and it’s hard to find at times.


16 posted on 12/11/2012 1:05:19 PM PST by mc5cents
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To: KarlInOhio

Nice...


17 posted on 12/11/2012 1:06:44 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Buckeye McFrog

You’re probably being kind in chalking it up to kitchen staff illiteracy rather than the restaurant’s buyer cutting corners.


18 posted on 12/11/2012 1:12:05 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: NY Cajun

We don’t trust fish market or supermaket seafood. At our house, we only eat fish if it rode home on our boat.


19 posted on 12/11/2012 1:43:42 PM PST by memyselfandi59
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To: Revolting cat!

Don’t eat the green ones. They’re not ripe yet!


20 posted on 12/11/2012 1:45:14 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Some cultures are destined to remain stupid and we need to quit trying to uplift them.)
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To: blam

bookmark


21 posted on 12/11/2012 4:32:15 PM PST by DFG ("Dumb, Dependent, and Democrat is no way to go through life" - Louie Gohmert (R-TX))
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To: logitech
"“I remember recovering bodies from pilots that had crashed in Mobile Bay and their entire faces were removed by the crabs.”

Was these the two Coast Guard helicopter pilots?

"Note to self: No more NanSeas West Indies Salad."

I knew the guy who 'invented' the West Indies Salad, Bill Bayley
I lived less than a mile from his famous restaurant and his son was the next house on my street. That salad is a family favorite.

22 posted on 12/11/2012 5:39:27 PM PST by blam
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To: vetvetdoug

Were you Coast Guard and if so do you know much about the history of the USCG?


23 posted on 12/11/2012 6:37:12 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Superciliousness is the essence of Obama)
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To: Inwoodian

Striped Bass is usually caught in the salt water in the Northeast. They do spawn in brackish estuaries and are often caught there but I am unaware that they are caught in fresh water ponds. They can grow to about 60 pounds.
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I believe they are just called ‘stripers’ down here. Lots of them in fresh water, as they were introduced to Lake Texhoma years ago. The lake is between Oklahoma and Texas and is very large. .........The striper is a hybrid fish and grows to about the size you mentioned, but if I’m wrong I welcome any correction.


24 posted on 12/11/2012 6:49:07 PM PST by octex
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To: memyselfandi59
We don’t trust fish market or supermaket seafood. At our house, we only eat fish if it rode home on our boat.

I don't think I'd go that far, but I certainly prefer fish I can look at and assess over some fillet that could have come from anywhere. I lived awhile in Japan, and learned to be very picky about my fish. Growing up, I liked our lake and river fish if we caught them, and after I moved to Seattle, I started to like fresh seafood, especially the shellfish, but I didn't really appreciate good seafood until I moved to Japan. Needless to say, even though we now live in Virginia, I'm pretty cautious about the seafood I buy.

25 posted on 12/11/2012 7:33:20 PM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: taxcontrol

There’s a forum I used to belong to that had a lot of information about aquaponics, and tilapia was one of the most popular fish to raise. The forum is at http://www.backyardaquaponics.com/forum/

You can find all sorts of info there, from tabletop systems up to commercial-scale fish farms.
(I only stopped going there because I was in so many forums I couldn’t keep up with them all. It was one of many that I culled from my list, but it’s still a good forum.)


26 posted on 12/11/2012 7:47:28 PM PST by Ellendra (http://www.ustrendy.com/ellendra-nauriel/portfolio/18423/concealed-couture/)
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To: blam

I thought of Bayley’s when I said West Indies Salad. I forgot he was the inventor. I remember eating there on the way back from The Island. Long time ago.


27 posted on 12/11/2012 8:28:05 PM PST by logitech (Who's here so vile, that will not love his country? If any speak, for him I have offended)
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To: NY Cajun

Once you’ve eaten fish and seafood in Louisiana, you will never be the same - everything else tastes like plastic or paper towels by comparison.


28 posted on 12/11/2012 10:33:01 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: octex

You may be right. Usually the size of a fish is affected by the size of the body of water. Perhaps your “stripers” are a hybrid as you say and live and breed in fresh, still water.


29 posted on 12/12/2012 9:32:01 AM PST by Inwoodian
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To: Inwoodian

“You may be right. Usually the size of a fish is affected by the size of the body of water. Perhaps your “stripers” are a hybrid as you say and live and breed in fresh, still water.”

Striper (Striped Bass) are anadromous fish. They can live in both fresh and salt water. Just like herring, etc.

“Wipers” are hybrids (white and stripers mixed). Striped Bass are “True Bass” and are of the family of White Perch, White Bass and Striped Bass.

“Black Bass” IE. large and small-mouth bass are really of the Sunfish family.


30 posted on 12/16/2012 10:45:24 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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