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Oceana Study: 33% of Seafood Mislabeled

September 17, 2013

A new report recently released by conservation group Oceana underlines that a large sample size of fish has been mislabeled. Fish samples collected by Oceana from 674 retail outlets in 21 states were not in compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seafood labeling guidelines. Results from various distributors across the country, where one-third of the sample size of fish (1,215 samples) were mislabeled, levels exceeded 90 percent in some cases.

Mislabeled seafood can potentially result in health hazards, such as high mercury levels and digestive issues, especially in children and pregnant women.

Findings included:

  • Mislabeling in 27 of the 46 fish types tested (59 percent).
  • Only seven of the 120 red snapper samples collected nationwide were actually red snapper.
  • Between one-fifth to more than one-third of the halibut, grouper, cod and Chilean sea bass samples were mislabeled.
  • 84 percent of the white tuna samples were actually escolar, a species that can cause serious digestive issues for some individuals who eat more than a few ounces.