Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

NYC Fish Is Often Mislabeled

Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

NYC Fish Is Often Mislabeled

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In its latest study on the occurrence of mislabeled fish in stores and restaurants, the nonprofit Oceana found that more than a third of the fish sampled in New York City had been mislabeled. (7) Tilefish, which is not recommended for small children or pregnant or nursing women because of its high mercury content, was sold as both halibut and red snapper at one grocery store, and 94% of samples of "white tuna" from New York sushi restaurants was actually escolar, which can cause explosive diarrhea due to its high content of wax esters. In all, 58% of the restaurants and stores sampled sold mislabeled fish.

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