More than a third of all fish sold are actually cheaper species – Wel.nl

More than a third of all fish sold are actually cheaper species - Wel.nl

Think you ordered first-class tuna, as it turned out another cheap fish. This is very common: A large analysis by The Guardian shows that 36 percent of all fish are actually another species.

The British newspaper analyzed 44 recent studies of more than 9,000 samples of fish and seafood from restaurants, fish vendors and supermarkets in more than 30 countries. Of these, 36 percent have a misnomer. Of all the fish sold under the name of snapper, 40 percent were found to be other types of fish. It was especially popular in the UK and Canada, but also in other European countries and restaurants and fish dealers in the US did not hesitate to add a different name tag.

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Sometimes it’s just a different type of family. In Germany, for example, 48 percent of the scallops tested were from cheaper varieties. But other times the deception was even greater: Shrimp balls were often sold with pork and without a trace of shrimp in Singapore.

Also in restaurants you don’t always get fish on your plate. One study of more than 100 scientists in 23 countries found that one in three restaurants sells fish and seafood that includes different types than the ones on the list. Especially in Spain, Iceland, Finland and Germany, you often get something different than what you ask for. Sometimes you get a cheaper kind of tuna, then pangasius instead of another white fish.

Bron (nene): Watchman

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