DNA testing reveals limited seafood fraud, but poor labelling, by retailers

by Sarah Foster on September 29th, 2017

Of the 7% mislabelled seafood, just 1% represented species substitutions, or fraud

A countrywide SeaChoice research project found seafood fraud in Canada is minimal, but on-package seafood labels generally lack critical information that would allow consumers to make informed purchases.

In spring 2017, SeaChoice partnered with the University of Guelph Centre for Biodiversity Genomics’ Life Scanner program to engage 300 volunteer “citizen scientists” across Canada. Each was provided with two DNA ID kits to sample seafood in their local grocery stores. The results are now public on the LifeScanner website.

The results show that just one per cent of the seafood tested across Canada was not what the label said it was, and seven per cent of tested seafood was mislabelled – sold under a name that was not compliant with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s labelling regulations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information:

Press release

LifeScanner portal for full results

LabelMySeafood.ca

Labelling and traceability – on SeaChoice website

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