Solutions to Seafood Mislabeling
Food Safety News explores the importance of seafood traceability, discovering that the vast majority of seafood consumed in U.S. is imported, and often mislabeled. Some fish, like the snapper, have incredible rates of mislabeling: "snapper" turned out to be another species 89 percent of the time. Tuna also falls prey to mislabeling, with escolar (a potentially toxic fish that is banned in many countries) often labeled as "white tuna." Seafood mislabeling isn’t always intentional; often, it's a mistake. But intentional or not, seafood mislabeling can present a health risk — such as when pregnant women mistakenly consume fish high in mercury when they thought they were eating a low-mercury option. There are several promising advances in traceability technology and policy, but it remains to be seen if the recently passed Food Safety Modernization Act will be applied to seafood.