You may have seen Kim Severson’s latest NYT article on mislabeled fish prompted by the recent Oceana report, Widespread Seafood Fraud Found in New York City. The former is the more entertaining read, if you haven’t.
According to the report, 39 percent of the 142 seafood samples tested in New York City were mislabeled This may seem alarming, but it’s not actually that surprising. It’s still less than the 42% from Boston, or the much more problematic 55% around LA.
So why is this happening? A number of reasons, but most notably greed (over-fishing, deliberate mislabeling) and buyer/consumer ignorance.
This is why you find wholesalers you trust, ask about an establishment’s sourcing, and avoid those roll-factories calling themselves sushi restaurants. Most importantly, this is why you should educate yourself… or risk shitting your pants. I’ll explain. [click to continue…]