Seafood fraud

August 30, 2018


Fish at market, sushi, and fishing boat
Oceana, an international ocean advocacy group with an office in Toronto, Canada,  recently released a report that tested for seafood fraud in five Canadian cities. Seafood fraud can adversely affect human health, economies, human rights, and ocean ecosystems.  Of the 382 fish samples collected from 177 retailers and restautrants, 44% of samples were mislabelled and 100% of ‘snapper’ were mislabelled. 

Dr. Robert Hanner, Associate Professor at the University of Guelph played a key role in the study by having his commercial lab, TRU-ID, carry out DNA barocoding tests to verify the species of fish sampled. 

To learn more about the study and the issues surrounding seafood fraud, please read the report by Oceana:

https://oceana.ca/en/publications/reports/seafood-fraud-and-mislabelling-across-canada

 

News coverage:

University of Guelph press release: https://news.uoguelph.ca/2018/08/prof-discusses-seafood-fraud-in-media/

CBC: https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/seafood-mislabelling-fraud-1.4796762

CTV: https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/seafood-fraud-5-ways-to-avoid-buying-fraudulent-fish-when-shopping-dining-1.4071221

Global: https://globalnews.ca/news/4414290/fish-labels-fraud-investigation/

NBC: http://www.nbc12.com/story/38974679/oceana-canada-report-uncovers-widespread-seafood-fraud-across-country

Globe and Mail: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-nearly-half-of-canadian-seafood-improperly-labelled-study/

Toronto Star: https://www.thestar.com/vancouver/2018/08/28/fishy-food-labels-could-actually-make-you-sick-says-report.html

National Post: https://nationalpost.com/pmn/life-pmn/food-life-pmn/seafood-fraud-study-finds-fish-often-mislabelled-at-retailers-restaurants