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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Mislabelled fish slip into Europe's menus


1 April 2013 

Mislabelled fish slip into Europe's menus

By Stephen Evans
BBC News, Germany and UK


Fish often take a circuitous route before reaching our plate 

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. It is often thought to be the epitome of Britishness - "as British as fish and chips", the saying goes.

But 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. (...)

Continue reading: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21993684

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