Mislabeled fish slip into Europe’s menus
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 mislabeled 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.