December 11th, 2012


If you like fish

If you can't tell your fish by sight (or by taste), you are being royally screwed...

Forensic DNA analysis revealed 58 percent of 81 New York retailers and eateries sampled incorrectly labeled the seafood they sold, according to the study released Tuesday. - I usually buy fish I can recognize (and I usually buy whole fish) and usually cheap fish, so I probably get less of mislabeled fish.  But given that I do like to try new kinds sometimes - I probably have  been duped multiple times too...Maybe it's a good idea to invest in a pocket fish guide...

All but one of the 17 white tuna samples obtained from sushi restaurants turned out to be escolar, a fish whose diarrhea-inducing properties earned it the nickname the "ex-lax fish." - And people get surprized I don't like sushi... I prefer to know what I am eating, and fish as a whole fish is a lot easier to identify than fish that has been chopped up into tiny pieces, mixed with who knows what, and hidden amid rice and nori.

New York's rate of seafood mislabeling was higher than Miami's (31 percent) but lower than that of Boston (48 percent) and Los Angeles (55 percent), according to recent Oceana investigations.  -  At least we ain't the worst.  Not surprized by LA, though.  Fits with the popular stereotypes of Californians. 

What distinguishes New York's seafood marketplace from those of the other American cities Oceana tested is the presence of smaller, independent food stores, 40 percent of which sold mislabeled fish, Warner said in an interview. In contrast, only 12 percent of seafood bought at national chain grocery stores in New York were labeled incorrectly.  - And yet another stereotype of greedy corporations being bad, mom-and-pop being all fluffy bites the dust.