Oceana recently revealed the nationwide seafood fraud scandal in the United States. A study led by researchers at the University of British Columbia found that Chinese fishing boats are catching 12 times more fish than reported. Now, studies have shown that seafood fraud is fairly common in the UK as well.
Researchers from the University of Salford have found that the cod or haddock that makes up the ‘fish in the popular British dish ‘fish and chips’ isn’t always what it’s supposed to be. Seven percent of cod and haddock turn out to be a much cheaper fish.
Those results are better than a similar study in Ireland which revealed that 25 percent of fish labeled as cod or haddock in shops and markets in Dublin were completely different species.
To learn more, check out some of these articles:
- University dives deeper into fish fraud
- Mislabelled fish slip into Europe’s menus
- UK better than most at labeling fish correctly
- Cheaper catfish sold as cod in new food ‘fraud’
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