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Gucciardi writes: "Do you enjoy the taste of tuna? If you answered yes to that question, there's a very large chance that you actually enjoy the taste of many bizarre and exotic imposter 'fake tuna' fish types."

59% of tuna is not only mislabeled but is almost entirely compromised of a fish once banned by the FDA. (photo: unknown)
59% of tuna is not only mislabeled but is almost entirely compromised of a fish once banned by the FDA. (photo: unknown)


59% of Tuna Mislabeled, Fake Tuna Linked to 'Anal Oil Leakage'

By Anthony Gucciardi, NaturalSociety

25 February 13

 

o you enjoy the taste of tuna? If you answered yes to that question, there's a very large chance that you actually enjoy the taste of many bizarre and exotic imposter 'fake tuna' fish types that have been peddled and mislabeled by the seafood industry and restaurants alike - even a 'snake mackerel' fish linked to side effects like anal oil leakage.

The new genetic testing campaign kickstarted and funded by the nonprofit organization known as Oceana, a group whose mission statement involves protecting the world's oceans, reveals that 59% of tuna is not only mislabeled but is almost entirely compromised of a fish once banned by the FDA. Sushi restaurants were the worst offenders by far, but the tests spanned throughout restaurants and grocery stores alike. Altogether, the findings oust over half of tuna fish as fraudulent.

As you can see for yourself in the report by Oceana, the numerical breakdown of tuna fraud (especially 'white tuna') paints a picture of just how far companies will go to deliver rubbish products and deceive the consumer:

  • Between restaurants and grocery stories in the US alike, 59% overall of the tuna tested was definitely not tuna as found by genetic testing.

  • Sushi restaurants had the worst record, with every single restaurant's 'tuna' tested in major cities like DC, Chicago, Austin, and New York City coming back as fraudulent.

  • A whopping 84% of 'white tuna' was actually escolar, the snake mackerel fish that causes oily anal leakage and was banned by the FDA until 1992. It is still banned in Japan, Italy, and requires warning labels regarding the leaky discharge in Canada, Sweden, and Denmark.

  • Oceana also offers a graphical breakdown:

    Rampant Food Mystery Ingredients | From Fake Tuna to Horsemeat

    The blatant lack of knowledge regarding the actual ingredients in so-called 'tuna' products is reminiscent of recent food ingredient disasters such as the Burger King horsemeat incident, in which Burger King was forced to admit that consumers had been eating either horse or donkey meat in their juicy Whoppers for who knows how long. An admission that not only grossed a lot of people out and emotionally touched a lot of horse lovers, but brought up a great consideration: we really don't even know what we're putting into our mouths.

    We've even seen rampant food fraud in the seafood industry before, with food geneticists revealing a large percentage of the entire market is actually filled with mislabeled fish. Oftentimes, it becomes an even greater concern when entering into the realm of health. Many 'wild-caught' fish varieties are scams and are actually heavily processed, with the FDA inspecting only around 2% of seafood imports.

    We know there exists a number of serious additives that lurk in our food supply like MSG and various neurotoxic food coloring ingredients, but the fact of the matter is it even comes down to the very food product itself. Many of you probably do not consumer tuna for a number of reasons, such as the likelihood that it was harvested from Fukushima-touched Pacific waters, or perhaps because it contains mercury or was taken from the oil-plagued Gulf of Mexico. Regardless of the reason, I am sure you see the validity in highlighting this information for consumers.

    When we can't even be sure what we're eating, even down to the very base product itself, we have a very serious problem for consumers. A problem that I don't think producers seem to care about given that this fraud is so prevalent - and it is undoubtedly a culinary fraud that expands far beyond the seafood industry.

    Additional sources:The Atlantic


 

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+34 # Willman 2013-02-25 19:09
Fraud in government,reli gion,financials ,sports,educati on,media/medici ne,politics etc.Did I miss anything? It is the norm and won't be changing anytime soon.
 
 
+3 # vicnada 2013-02-27 16:10
[quote name="Willman"] Did I miss anything? quote]
Yes! You did! Calamari on your menu last night was very likely pig sphincter. Hog bung, according to NPR's This American Life is passed off routinely as a crisp appetizer in restaurants. Before you gag again, check out the taste-test story here: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/484/doppelgangers
 
 
+5 # randrjwr 2013-02-28 09:29
I can think of a few: the coal and oil industries, agriculture, automotive industry, i.e., anyone who ignores safety regulations or knowingly puts out a faulty product. Also the press; see the RSN article on the "Lapdog Press" for example. And how about the military as revealed by Manning via wikileaks? Can anyone name an exception?
 
 
+25 # grouchy 2013-02-25 23:32
It's a benefit to the industry that results from their crippling the government inspection system and doing so intentionally via meddling through Congress's oversight. Sure seems to have paid off for them! Now let's see what they do to sneak around the genetic testing systems now being set up! Stay tuned!
 
 
+6 # 666 2013-02-27 12:57
upton sinclair's "the jungle" redone for the 21st century
 
 
+30 # maddave 2013-02-25 23:50
In a day and time when our 1%-ers support a market in which one fresh-caught giant bluefin tuna sells for $50,000-and-up on the pier, you are, maybe, surprised that counterfeit tuna is flooding the retail sushi markets?

. . . or that your $150/ounce Russian Caviar is stretched by adding toad or knewt eggs to the mix? Or that slugs out of your neighbor's yard are stuffed (tail-first) into used snail shells; broiled to perfection in garlic butter and served for your enjoyment . . . as escargot?

The list of fake and mislabeled foods extends right down to your GMO grains, fish & animals . . . and it ain't a short list!

But, Hey! This is the USA! Corporate America & the FDA don't think that We The People need to know what is being packaged and sold to us as our food.


.
 
 
+6 # NOMINAE 2013-02-26 17:47
Quoting maddave:
In a day and time when our 1%-ers support a market in which one fresh-caught giant bluefin tuna sells for $50,000-and-up on the pier, you are, maybe, surprised that counterfeit tuna is flooding the retail sushi markets?

. . . or that your $150/ounce Russian Caviar is stretched by adding toad or knewt eggs to the mix? Or that slugs out of your neighbor's yard are stuffed (tail-first) into used snail shells; broiled to perfection in garlic butter and served for your enjoyment . . . as escargot?

The list of fake and mislabeled foods extends right down to your GMO grains, fish & animals . . . and it ain't a short list!

But, Hey! This is the USA! Corporate America & the FDA don't think that We The People need to know what is being packaged and sold to us as our food.


And, these scams WILL continue, simply because our oceans are now SO seriously overfished that things like REAL TUNA are becoming endangered species. However, no one wants the public to KNOW that.

In addition, acidification of the oceans is INCREASING sea life die off, so enjoy that $50,000 Tuna (if verified Tuna) whilst ye may ! If you love eating fish into the future, you might as well get an industrial package of depends and start to love escolar. Soon it will be the ONLY "tuna" in the ocean.
 
 
+5 # maddave 2013-02-28 00:44
Only too true! Two points to make in your support:
1. Atlantic Swordfish do not reproduce until they are about 250 pounds. The average swordfish that reaches the piers now-a-days is less than 150 pounds. We are eating our seed corn!

2. When one species goes unsustainable, it is almost immediately supplanted by some (previously thought of as ) trash fish which is re-named and hailed as a "new" gourmet find. If history holds true, this "new" fish is also, eventually, fished out. . . . and the cycle goes on and on.
 
 
+4 # RMDC 2013-02-26 18:18
Next they will be selling dog shit and calling it fois gras and selling it for $100 an ounce.

Good point maddave -- this is America, home of brave and land of the fraud.
 
 
+6 # maddave 2013-02-28 00:30
For Christ's sake, RMFC - You are ruining everything. The new fois gras blend is a trade secret and was supposed to be a surprise for the 1% who'd afford and enjoy it.
 
 
0 # shraeve 2013-02-26 00:26
Where did the author learn his English? Nothing is ever compromised OF anything - wrong preposition for that verb. I think the author means much fake tuna is COMPRISED of escolar.
 
 
+21 # Rich Austin 2013-02-26 00:34
OMG! Anal Oil Leakage? Is that code for a politician's palaver?

Union leaders get jail time for standing up for workers. Business moguls, on the other hand, can poison people by day, and then take a politician to dinner that night.

What a rigged system! Only about a dozen members of Congress are any good. That's it. 12! What other logical explanation can there be for how low our nation has sunk?
 
 
+4 # cwbystache 2013-02-26 08:00
Hardly new, but that doesn't mean what you describe ought be continued ... in 1939 Guthrie wrote the song, Pretty Boy Floyd:

It was in Oklahoma City,
It was on a Christmas Day,
There was a whole car load of groceries
Come with a note to say:
"Well, you say that I'm an outlaw,
You say that I'm a thief.
Here's a Christmas dinner
For the families on relief."
Yes, as through this world I've wandered
I've seen lots of funny men;
Some will rob you with a six-gun,
And some with a fountain pen.
And as through your life you travel,
Yes, as through your life you roam,
You won't never see an outlaw
Drive a family from their home.

This ignored of course Floyd's reputation as a wife-abuser, but we do love our Robin Hoods. Black Bart supposedly refused to rob what appeared to him to be the less affluent passengers on a stage, and the folksy hero inspired an old cowboy song:

"Too long in vain I've toiled for bread
for honor fame and for riches
but on my toes too long you've tread
all you fine-haried sons of bitches!"
... Then he'd go off to the woods
and leave the box where they'd find it
he'd leave a note not the goods
"Black Bart the Po 8" he'd sign it.

This didn't keep him from rifling the mails, from which he took a lot of money that belonged to the poorest of the era.
 
 
+3 # RMDC 2013-02-27 05:15
Don't worry about the oil leakage. BP will be all over it. They will clean it up just like they did in the Gulf.
 
 
+5 # KrazyFromPolitics 2013-02-26 00:44
"Sorry Charlie. Star-Kist wants tuna that tastes good, not tuna with good taste." In fact it would be nice if you were a tuna. haven't heard that damned jingle in decades, but it's still in the data bank. Anal Oil Leakage? Don't hear that everyday. Sigh.
 
 
+3 # mackochee 2013-02-26 01:32
Mighty fishy.
 
 
+2 # NanFan 2013-02-28 09:44
Not funny actually, and why would we think that the FDA and our Congress would do NOTHING about this when they continue to allow 599 additives, most of which are toxic, to be put into tobacco products we legally can smoke??

The FDA and our Congress do not push to have THESE lethal chemicals regulated out. They'd rather allow 440,000 Americans, and millions of people worldwide, to die due to the smoke from these products...whet her or not the people who die have EVER smoked! Over 4,000 chemicals are released into the atmosphere with every puff and people get ill and die from second- and third-hand smoking as a result.

Anal oil leakage is horrible, but death...well... trumps leakage.

When will the FDA wake up and do their ministerial duty?

N.
 
 
+7 # mackochee 2013-02-26 01:45
Somebody should kick these purveyors of faux tuna in their oily arises.
 
 
+10 # angelfish 2013-02-26 02:24
Hopefully they'll serve it in the Congressional dining room and the Cretins who are supposed to be overseeing this kind of thing will suffer MAJOR Anal Oil Leakage! Maybe THEN they'd get back to the business of Government and protecting Americans!
 
 
+12 # Mrcead 2013-02-26 04:27
It happens because people allow it to happen - like that Nazi rise to power thingy. A nutjob is a nutjob only until he has followers.

Take back your food supply people.
 
 
+6 # RnR 2013-02-26 08:17
I agree with taking back the food supply. But look at the fda...totally unresponsive like all the rest of the fed government.
 
 
+3 # phrixus 2013-02-27 08:14
@Mrcead: And how exactly do we do that? Any practical, real-world suggestions in view of the current situation of bought-and-paid -for politicians? When the regulatory agencies are staffed by industry hacks or simply have no real enforcement power? The corporation owns the sheriff.
 
 
+11 # susanguare 2013-02-26 05:40
We have stopped buying any type of meat from any source that is not local. It was the processing that bothered us. It means we eat much less meat but what we do consume was sustainably farmed and humanely raised. My youngest, 16, is simply "grossed out" by the idea of eating mass-produced meat.
I'm sure there are cockroach bits in our cornflakes, too, but at least they're mostly cornflakes.
 
 
+5 # hammermann 2013-02-26 05:47
59% Kinda deceptive. 90% get their tuna from supermarkets, where it's only 18% fake. Seems they equally weighted restaurants andsushi restaurants as 1/3 each. Oily anal leakage?!@#$%^ Explain, Spock.
 
 
+4 # Scotty44 2013-02-26 15:24
The link for oily anal leakage went to an article that said eating less than a 6 ounce serving of the fish wouldn't cause the condition.
 
 
+2 # NOMINAE 2013-02-26 17:34
Quoting hammermann:
....... Oily anal leakage?!@#$%^ Explain, Spock.


It is a reference to the human that consumes the fish.
Other than that note, it IS *exactly* what is SOUNDS LIKE it is !
 
 
+15 # warrior woman 2013-02-26 07:58
What many don't know is that just like Glass Steagall, testing by the FDA, USDA and EPA went by the wayside in the late 1990's. NO TESTING IS DONE by the agencies, any that is done, is done by the manufacturers. That is why we are where we are today.
 
 
+3 # aitengri 2013-02-26 19:36
this is interesting news, and should be followed up by warrior woman with an article of her own, if she's up to it, giving the factual basis and documentation for the statement. I certainly had no idea that the situation was THIS bad! Fox and henhouse syndrome for sure. Or, possibly not "for sure", if the liability for bad science and/or tampered data is out there, so that we know the manufacturers could get caught out.
 
 
+9 # rockieball 2013-02-26 09:58
Gmo's in veggies, hormones and harmful animal antibiotics in meats. Now fake and mislabeled fish. Get sick from it and the doctor gives you med's that contain side effects that can cause more damage than cure. I guess I will just have to stick with beer.
 
 
+7 # Pickwicky 2013-02-26 14:24
I'd take the time to write a comment, but I've got to wash my undies.
 
 
+3 # NOMINAE 2013-02-26 17:36
Quoting Pickwicky:
I'd take the time to write a comment, but I've got to wash my undies.


Why ? Oily anal leakage ?
 
 
+5 # Rita Walpole Ague 2013-02-26 15:23
REGULATIONS, YES, WE SO NEED YOU,
BUT ALL THE NEO'S, THEY DO BLEED YOU
OUT Of ENFORCEMENT, EXCEPT FOR THE VERY FEW
THE VILLAINAIRES LIE, SAYING:
"THEY'RE THERE FOR YOU"

NOT! Time to wake up, folks, and get out of naive m.o.. With regs and enforcement of same having gone bye bye, warrior woman is so correct - "That is why we are where we are today."
 
 
+3 # RJClawson 2013-02-26 20:53
From Rockieball: "I guess I will just have to stick with beer."

You don't want to hear
what they put in beer.
 
 
+6 # m... 2013-02-26 21:44
Another one of the MANY MANY disastrous outcomes of 30 years of Conservative efforts to bring America 'SMALLER GOVERNMENT' through less and less regulation and less and less taxation of Big Business and the so-called Privatization of Government scams which have led to the extremely expensive Contracting of MANY MANY Government functions out to Big Business-- functions from Military, to National Security, Intelligence Gathering, Prison Systems, Food and Drug Safety Oversight, etc., etc..

The entire 'Smaller Government' knee jerk, off the cuff CONservative Talkingpoint has turned out to be a CON, a Flim Flam, a Big Hoodwinking.., a snowballing, corporate-in-co mmon, evolving plethora of outcomes on behalf of extreme Conservative Ideology merged with the natural want and greed of Big Business to create as much dismantled-litt le Non-Government as possible, and which, is as powerless as possible to interfere with Big Business efforts to obtain greater profit and power without fear of regulatory oversight, tax concerns or judicial sanctions.
What have WE done to ourselves by going along with this?
WE have literally removed the Powers of WE the People through DeRegulation, De-Taxation, Lost Tax Structuring, and by Firing our OWN Civil Servants who worked directly for us and did the job for us better and for less money ..AND.. handed it ALL over to Big Business and Corporations which have ONLY their Shareholder's Wealth and Well Being in mind.
 
 
+3 # Anonymot 2013-02-28 12:59
I know the FDA professionally. While other gov agencies tremble about reductions, the FDA is growing by leaps & bounds! Are they growing to control your food content? NO!

They are promulgating new rules with Homeland Security. Since '03, 200000 producers of consumables we import must register. A few ex-FDA legal staff instantly built companies to help foreign farmers, fishermen, etc. to complete the lengthy docs for registration. I tried to help a French wine producer and could barely figure it out, but once you understand it's a 15 minute process for which they charge up to $300! But the FDA had to hire the people to look at 200K 12 page documents, then store, file, etc.

Initially it was once, but last Fall, they decided everyone had to register every 2 years. Bonanza for the crooks, bonanza for the FDA Dept. Heads with thousands of now-permanent employees.

A similar process is now set up to send in a SAMPLE product to a potential US buyer. It requires weeks. It requires the potential buyer to commit a fraud!!! It balloons the Dept. No bombs found so far in the canned products or bottles of wine.

Then there are new regs that delay incoming food products on the foreign docks and when they get here.

ALL OF THIS EXPANSION IS FOR SECURITY, not food quality. Meanwhile, the top bureaucrats in FDA get RICH from salaries and under-the table emollients.
But it's keeping thousands of new employees off the "unemployed" stats.
 
 
0 # Innocent Victim 2013-02-28 23:15
Better get back to preparing food at home, simple dishes, from unprocessed foods. Fresh is best. Today, the boxes and cans are getting smaller; so you spend more of your food dollars on the packaging - which fills your county's waste dump or gets incinerated and added to local smog.
 
 
0 # Innocent Victim 2013-02-28 23:18
Michelle Obama in today's RSN tells us that our big food distributors and processors are making us healthier, less obese. Well that funny fat is indigestible, that's true!
 
 
0 # chris s brinda 2013-07-31 18:45
what i find amazing here is this artical talks about tuna states lots of facts ...but when the second most important ? is asked which is ... of the non white tuna which is the only tuna i can afford to eat
what is it if not tuna no answer is given so i am inclined to make nothing of this report except that its bullshit or just a bad poorly done report
 

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