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Would You Believe...Counterfeit Fish?

By January 29, 2011

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Cheap African perch and Asian catfish sold as expensive grouper? Foreign farm-raised shrimp sold as premium US wild-caught? Recently, the owners of two companies, Consolidated Seafood in Phoenix and Reel Fish and Seafood in Pensacola, pleaded guilty to 13 felony counts related to the above scams and others, such as intentionally labelling shrimp as larger than they actually were.

Unfortunately, this is by no means the first case of fish counterfeiting, which is a federal crime. (It is, among other things, a violation of the Lacey Act of 1900, which protects plants and wildlife from illegal possession, transportation, and sale.)

What can be done? Improved labelling, which would establish provenance, would be a big step in the right direction.


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