Publicado por: pongpesca | 2015/11/25

One out of three fish served in Brussels is not what consumers pay for

DNA analysis conducted by Oceana shows widespread consumer deceit, including EU institutions’ canteens in which 38% of seafood tested was mislabeled

Bluefin tuna, sole and cod are substituted by species up to 40% cheaper

Brussels, 3rd November.- Oceana has disclosed research showing that, on average, 30% of seafood served in Brussels restaurants did not correspond to the species ordered by the consumer. The DNA identification analysis was performed by the Catholic University of Leuven, after over 280 samples were gathered in more than 150 restaurants and EU institutions. Seafood fraud, widespread mislabeling and fraudulent practices cheats consumers and can often involve illegal or unsustainable fishing products.

“DNA tests shows widespread seafood fraud in Brussels restaurants and even in official EU venues. Consumers are cheated and the door is left wide open to the laundering of illegal fishing products”, explains Lasse Gustavsson, Executive Director of Oceana in Europe. “The EU needs to clean up its fishy business, take responsibility and urgently improve traceability and labelling of seafood.”

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Fonte: Oceana, dia 25 de Novembro de 2015CS4PzLfUEAAIR8O

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