Seafood fraud among Canadian retailers is minimal, states NGO
Grilled sardines. (Photo Copyright: FIS)
A countrywide SeaChoice research project determined that seafood fraud in Canada is minimal but found that on-package seafood labels generally lack critical information that would allow consumers to make informed purchases.
To carry out the project, SeaChoice partnered with the University of Guelph Centre for Biodiversity Genomics’ Life Scanner program and engaged 300 volunteer “citizen scientists” across Canada. Each volunteer was provided with two DNA ID kits to sample seafood in their local grocery stores.
The results show that just 1 per cent of the seafood tested across Canada was not what the label said it was, and 7 per cent of tested seafood was mislabelled where fis...