33% of retail fish is mislabeled
Fish lovers beware, you may not be getting what you're expecting.
A new study by Oceana says 33% of fish sold at retailers in the country are either mislabeled or substituted on purpose. The study was conducted over two years to see how accurate fish sellers are.
Kimberly Warner with Oceana says there is no real way to track fish from boat to market to assure authenticity. Warner says the worst case of fraud was in the red snapper market. The study found that 93% of the red snapper sold in the U.S. is not actually red snapper. It is being substituted by cheaper fish like tilapia or others.
Oceana's study found that retailer may not necessarily be to blame for the mislabeling, it could be with the wholesalers. Warner says unless you are well aversed in the look and taste of specific species, there is no way for you to really know if you are actually getting what you are ordering.