You don’t always get what you pay for when it comes to buying or ordering seafood.
That’s the conclusion of researchers from consumer advocacy company BonafIDcatch, which has reported 33 percent of restaurants and 36 percent of retailers tested in the St. Louis metropolitan area failed seafood verification testing. Further studies reveal that as much as one-third of all seafood, fresh and frozen, in the United States is mislabeled.
Here are some red flags (or red herrings, as it were) that consumers should look out for when purchasing seafood:
▪ Highly desired fish like grouper or red salmon at a price that’s too good to be true.
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▪ Wild salmon from Alaska that’s being sold as “fresh” during winter months, because this fish is being sold out of season.
▪ Misleading labels that can’t be true, such as “Wild Chilean Salmon.” Salmon is not indigenous to Chile, and all Chilean salmon is farmed. Any seafood labeled “Wild Atlantic Salmon” is also fishy because it is illegal to catch Atlantic salmon in U.S. waters.
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—Will Buss, BND business writer