By now, you know that over 1/3 of the seafood purchased in the United States is mislabeled.
According to a comprehensive study by our partners over at Oceana, some seafood is intentionally mislabeled to inflate the value of the fish or to hide illegal fishing practices, which directly impacts restaurant and market owners who then misrepresent their products to the consumer.
Here are some important things to know about seafood labeling procedures/regulations in the US:
- Ninety-one percent of our seafood is imported from other countries, with a large portion of that product coming from Asia.
- Only 2 percent of seafood imported into the US is inspected and just .001 percent is inspected for fraud.
- Over 1,700 different species of seafood are available for sale in the US, including species found both domestically and internationally.
- The most commonly mislabeled fish types discussed in Oceana’s study were: snapper, tuna, cod, salmon, yellowtail and halibut.
- Nationwide, the mislabeling of seafood is most prevalent in California, New York City and Miami.
- Outside of some guidelines put forth by the Food and Drug Administration, there is no current federal legislation to combat seafood fraud (both intentional and unintentional).
- Some states, including our home state of Maryland, have put forth legislation to regulate these processes.
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