NYCFish ("Sushigate"): high school students discover one-quarter of fish sold in their NYC neighborhood is mislabeled
News report by students Kate Stoeckle and Louisa Strauss
Dubbed "Sushi-gate", their investigation drew wide and continuing interest
Mislabelings were as more expensive or more desirable fish
Student study helped spawn further investigations
- The Boston Globe, October 23, 2011
- Hanner R et al 2011 Mitochondrial DNA
- Consumer Reports, December 2011
- Oceana Report, June 2012
In October 2011, US FDA officially adopted DNA barcoding for detection of seafood fraudhttp://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/Product-SpecificInformation/Seafood/DNAspeciation/default.htm
More on "Sushi-gate"
Among 60 items tested:
- Nile Perch (Africa), Lavender Jobfish (SE Asia), Slender Pinjalo (SE Asia), and Acadian Redfish (N Atlantic) sold as "Red Snapper"
- Mozambique Tilapia sold as "White Tuna"
- Smelt Roe sold as "Flying Fish Roe"
- Caribbean Spotted Goatfish sold as "Mediterranean Red Mullet"
- White Bass (farmed freshwater fish) sold as "Sea Bass"
Mislabeled items sold in 6 of 10 grocery stores/fish markets and 2 of 3 restaurants
Research article reporting NYCFish findings: Wong EHK, Hanner RH, 2008, DNA barcoding detects market substitution in North American seafood. Food Res International 41:828-837.
Last updated: Wednesday, 22-Aug-2012 16:00:09 EDT