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Posted on 12/11/2012 10:40:09 AM PST by blam
The Most Frequently Mislabeled Fish
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:
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Most Talapia is grown in 'poo-poo' ponds in Asia. I read where one farmer fed his fish only feces from pigs.
That’s because most New Yorkers have never bothered to go fishing. But they are so much smarter than us hayseeds from the south!
Consult the FDA 2012 Complete Seafood List.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
“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.
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.
You’re probably being kind in chalking it up to kitchen staff illiteracy rather than the restaurant’s buyer cutting corners.
We don’t trust fish market or supermaket seafood. At our house, we only eat fish if it rode home on our boat.
Don’t eat the green ones. They’re not ripe yet!
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