Friday, August 22, 2008

DNA in the City

Two young students using simple dna testing techniques are shining the light again on the growing problem of mislabeled seafood. Everyone in the seafood business should be outraged as consumers and I am at the deception of a few bad purveyors and retailers. Not only is it wrong to mislead the consumers, but this leads to a wider range of problems. These problems range from unfair trade to species depletion from bad catch reporting.

Read the article in the NY Times.

So I want to personally thank these two intrepid sleuths.

Here are a few ways to assure you are getting the fish you pay for (without DNA testing).

  1. Know your fishmonger.
  2. Buy whole fish, not fillet.
  3. If the price is to good to be true, it probably is.
A similar article also appears in the Canadian Globe and Mail.

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