The mislabeling of fish, sometimes in error but often deliberate, impacts all sectors of the fishing industry. Legitimate fish harvesting operations experience unfair competition from unscrupulous fishermen, processors accept cheaper varieties of fish to subsequently sell to vendors, retailers and restaurants pay high prices for inferior varieties of fish, and all additional costs are passed along to consumers. Seafood ID™ from ACGT, Inc. allows clients to identify fraud and make informed decisions.
While species misidentification is one clear issue, the creation of international zones in which the harvesting of a single species is regulated, has led to illegal fishing from areas deemed off-limits. In addition, many countries have local and regional regulations concerning approved fishing areas. It is impossible to determine where a particular fish has been caught without DNA analysis, and ACGT, Inc. can help our clients identify illegal fishing activity.
Examples of Substituted Seafood
|You Purchase||But You Get|
|Orange Roughy||Oreo Dory or John Dory|
|Dover Sole||Arrowtooth Flounder|
|Red Drum (Red Fish; Southern or Gulf)||Black Drum|
|Lake or Yellow Perch (Great Lakes)||White Perch|
|Lake or Yellow Perch (Great Lakes)||Zander|
|Caviar (Sturgeon species)||Paddlefish and other Fish Roe|
|Atlantic Salmon||Pacific Salmon|
|Chum Salmon||Pink Salmon|
|Blue Crabmeat||Imported Crabmeat|
|Wild Caught Salmon||Farm Raised Salmon|
Examples of fish mislabeling:
- "From sea to sushi bar, a system open to abuse"
- "Hake hoax in Spanish markets"
- "Eco-labelled fish may be unsustainably fished, or the wrong species"
- “Oceana Launches New Campaign in U.S. to Stop Seafood Fraud”
- “Seafood Fraud Occurs up to 70 Percent of Time with Some Species, Report Finds”
- “Fish Fraud: The Menus Said Snapper, But It Wasn't!”
- “That Grouper on the Menu? Turns Out It Was a Fish Tale”
- “Seafood CSI: Study Shows Fish Not Always Marketed Under Proper Names”
- “The Case of the Mysterious Seafood”
- “GAO Report Urges Collaboration”
- “Dingell Calls for Action on Food Fraud”
- “Can DNA Fight Seafood Fraud?”
- “Product Substitution Must Be Stopped”
- “Time to Consider Restaurant COOL?”
- “Red Snapper – New Measures Hope to Bring the Species Back to Sustainable Levels”
- “Bluefin Tuna Showdown Pits Industry vs. Ecology”
- “U.S. Consumers Bite on a Fishy Seafood”
- “DNA Barcoding Reveals Mislabeled Cod and Haddock in Dublin”
- “Sushi DNA Tests Reveal Fraud”
- “DNA Testing Makes Sure the Grouper You Ordered Isn't Catfish”
- “One-third of Takeaways Label Fish Incorrectly”