(October 28, 2011)
US Representative Edward Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts, opened a congressional investigation into the fraudulent and apparently commonplace mislabeling of fish following a Boston Globe report that found widespread “bait and switch” tactics used by purveyors of fish throughout the entire New England region.
Congressman Markey is the ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over fishing and ocean issues. Markey explained the potential impact of the Globe’s findings and the need for taking prompt action:
“This kind of fish fraud isn’t just an affront to consumers’ wallets, it also could be a danger to the health of our people and the health of New England’s seafood economy. We cannot allow shady practices by middlemen or restaurants to taint the excellent reputation of the New England fishing industry.”
The Globe report had found that roughly half of the seafood samples from restaurants and supermarkets that were studied were misidentified, meaning many consumers paid more for fish of lower quality and price than they were led to believe. The Globe hired a lab in Canada to conduct DNA tests on the fish.
Markey has requested information from top Food and Drug Administration officials and several other agencies, seeking to learn about the percentages of fish that are inspected, coordination between the agencies, and what if any additional resources the agencies need to effectively combat the problem. The FDA inspects a low fraction – just two percent – of all imported fish, according to a 2009 Government Accountability Office report. The FDA says it is developing a new technique, along the lines of the Canadian lab’s DNA testing process, to better detect mislabeling in the future.
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