UK supermarkets calling frozen fish fresh
There's something fishy going on in British supermarkets, according to the London Times. Supposedly "fresh" fish on sale there have been held in deep frozen storage for nearly a year.
Packages of mackerel on sale in one Waitrose store last week had been caught no later than March of this year and then held in warehouses before being thawed for sale. Similarly, a Sainsbury's in Whitechapel, East London, was displaying whole mackerel laid out on ice with the small print on an adjacent notice saying it had been "previously frozen."
There was no indication how old it was, but a sign said it had been accredited by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Trouble is, the northeast Atlantic mackerel fishery lost its MSC accreditation in March -- so the fish must have been caught before that. In the same store, packaged fillets of six otherspecies, including tuna, cod and haddock, carried notices that they too may have been frozen and stored, again without saying for how long.