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Half of LA Sushi Fake, Mislabled

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By    |   Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017 10:23 AM

Half of all the sushi fixings in Los Angeles are suspected to be fake or mislabeled, according to DNA barcoding over several years.

A study done by UCLA and Loyola Marymount University found that 47 percent of sushi and raw fish in LA had been mislabeled. The findings were based on 364 samples taken from 26 sushi restaurants, said the Santa Monica Observer.

Red snapper, yellowfin tuna, halibut, and yellowtail were consistently mislabeled, said the study. Out of 43 halibut and 32 red snapper samples, the researchers were always served a different type of fish than what was labeled. Salmon was mislabeled about 10 percent of the time. Only bluefin tuna was found to always be exactly as advertised.

The study was conducted between 2012 and 2015, said Time magazine. A similar study in 2015 found that sushi restaurants in San Diego also mislabeled their seafood, said The Daily Meal.

“Fish fraud could be accidental, but I suspect that in some cases the mislabeling is very much intentional, though it’s hard to know where in the supply chain it begins,” said Paul Barber, the senior author of the study and a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UCLA. “I suspected we would find some mislabeling, but I didn’t think it would be as

“If we don’t have accurate information on what we’re buying, we can’t make informed choices,” Barber said, per Time. “The amount of mislabeling is so high and consistent, one has to think that even the restaurants are being duped.”

The new study comes a month after President Barack Obama signed a bill addressing seafood fraud and illegal fishing.

“Fish fraud at LA-area restaurants and grocery stores can pose health threats if substitute fish are contaminated or contain allergens, thwart consumers who are trying to buy sustainable, and impede fisheries policy,” said Sarah Sikich of the environmental group Heal the Bay, according to Patch. “This study points to the importance of measures to improve traceability and monitoring to reduce the prevalence of fish fraud.”

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