Fish Fraud Controversy

New studies find that consumers not always getting the fish that's advertised.
2:27 | 10/29/11

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All heard mystery meat that this morning big concerns about mystery fish as Americans try to get healthier by eating more fish. Spending eighty billion dollars last year alone by the way there are brand new reports this morning. Including an ABC news investigation showing that what we get is often. Not what we're paying for. Your trip to the fish can't hear is experts say often -- Huge bait and switch. Consumer reports but a 190 pieces of seafood from supermarkets and restaurants and sent them to a lab for DNA testing. 22%. Were not as advertised. We found that consumers are being ripped off when they're buying access fish labeled as red snapper turned out to be that cheaper ocean perch sold turned out to be Suu Kyi catfish -- -- mostly imported from Vietnam. Where consumer reports says some fish farmers are using drugs not approved in the US and one piece of -- turned out to be tile fish. Which has so much Mercury that the government says pregnant women and children. Shouldn't eat it and it's not just at the supermarket. But -- -- as part of an upcoming investigation ABC's 20/20 collected samples described as white. -- from sushi restaurants in three cities and found that nineteen out of 22 samples turned out to be ESCO -- a cheaper fish they can cause stomach cramps and other gastrointestinal problems this sort of fish bakery is remarkably. Easy to pull off. There are a lot of hands that touch touch this from the time that it is caught in the -- -- when you -- on -- dinner plate or when you're buying it in the supermarket. Anytime you get -- radiator covered in sauce how could you know what it is even fish industry insiders say they can be easily fool. For your average customer. Not much you can do it. Experts say the answer here is war government inspection right now only 2% of our fish is inspected. And less than point 001%. Is inspected for fraud. Now we didn't get some expert tips for you one. You could tell the difference between wild salmon and the cheaper farm raised salmon because the farm raised fish is much fat here -- more colorful. To try to buy fish from places that cut the entire -- right in front of -- -- you can see which -- getting and three. When you can try and avoid buying super super cheap fish because that we're told is much more reliable and the faith.

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