Seafood is one of the most popular foods in the United States and while the U.S. imports more than 84% of its seafood, only 2% is currently inspected by the FDA. Recent studies have shown that seafood may be mislabeled as often as 25% to 70% of the time for popular fish species.
In fact in a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, Oceana, a nonprofit organization, conducted tests on seafood sold at 74 retail Los Angeles sushi bars, other restaurants and grocery stores, and found and reported that over half of the seafood on hand were not labeled correctly. Red Snapper, Dover Sole, white tuna and other fish were often different species, Oceana found.
In this food newsletter, partner Don Snyder interviewed seafood executives from prominent seafood companies including Certi-Fresh, Santa Monica Seafood and Ocean Beauty Seafoods, to get their opinions on this subject and find out how their companies are dealing with seafood mislabeling.