Source: BBC World News
Author: Stephen Evans
We are all eating much more fish than we used to – but are we eating the fish we think we are?
Official figures show that global consumption of fish and seafood per person is rising steeply – but research also reveals that much of what gets sold turns out to be not as described on the packet.
Earlier this year Europe’s horsemeat scandal revealed how processed meat can get mislabelled in a complicated supply chain. That appears to be an issue with fish, too. On a large scale, cheap fish is being substituted for expensive fish without the consumer knowing. Moreover, new varieties, never before consumed, are being detected in fish dishes.
Take a British national dish, for example: fish and chips.Scientific testing reveals that the traditional cod or haddock and chips is often something else entirely. Research reveals that 7% of cod and haddock – the deep-fried staples of British fish and chips – actually turn out to be cheaper fish substituted to cut costs.
In the United States, a study showed that 25% of the fish served in restaurants in New York were not what they were said to be on the menu. And in Europe, about a quarter to a third of fish products tested turned out to be not what was described on the packet or menu.
Continue reading: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21993684