“What Fish Would You Like?” “… Do I Have A Real Choice?”

Food (Policy) For Thought

This is pretty shocking news – when testing what kinds of fish are sold under which labels, in some states as many as 52% were mislabeled, mostly in order to sell less expensive fish en lieu of the more high-end ones and still capture the price premium. Not only that, but sometimes fish was even sold that is on the FDA’s “Do Not Eat” list due to high mercury contents. So not only is it harder to make particular choices of what kinds of fish you eat for quality or sustainability criteria, you might not even be able to make health-centric choices. Ugh. 

Apparently, fish mislabeling is nothing new, having occurred since the 1990s, due to anti-overfishing restrictions that saw supply for particular species shrink while demand remained high. This is the case for red snapper, for example – and there, 87% of labeled red snapper is actually a…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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