Nicole Nadler reports on the widespread issue of seafood fraud, and how it could be impacting endangered species.
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British citizens eat 167 million orders of fish and chips annually from the over 10,000 fish and chips shops throughout the UK. Traditionally, the dish consists of either cod or haddock, but regardless of the chef’s choice, customers have the right to know what they’re eating. However, does the shop even know for sure what it is serving?
Earlier this year, The Guardian investigated 44 recent studies that took over 9,000 seafood samples from restaurants, supermarkets, and fish markets in over 30 countries. Using a new DNA analysis technique, the analysis revealed that 36% of the samples were mislabeled. With the UK and Canada leading the trend of mislabelling at 55%, seafood fraud is classed as a global issue.