First The Horse Meat Scandal, And Now Fish!

Tuna

Tuna

Many of our favourite dishes have been found to contain a high percentage of horse meat, instead of the labelled beef. In America, there is now a new and bigger scandal that involves fish products. An ocean protection group called Oceana, carried out a series of tests on many of the fish products commonly sold in the U.S.A. like tuna, red snapper, halibut and cod among others, and each was found to contain substitute fish.

Another major consideration is the contaminants in fish.

Escolar

Escolar

When testing was carried out on canned tuna, 59% of the contents were not tuna at all, but a substitute. In red snapper samples, a huge 87% was found to be a substitute, of which 85% was escolar, which can cause severe gastrointestinal problems. In America, this problem has been found in sushi bars, restaurants and grocery stores, and was found in 44% of all premises visited. ‘Mislabeled’ products were found in every sushi bar visited.

Take Your Pick!

Take Your Pick!

At this moment the authorities are calling it ‘mislabeling’, but I have a suspicion that its pretty much the same as the horse meat scandal in Europe, i.e. where someone was hoping to make a lot of money by deliberately substituting cheap horse meat for beef.

Do You Think This Does Not Affect The Fish We Eat?

Do You Think This Does Not Affect The Fish We Eat?

Considering that many people are already put off fish by the incessant oil spills in ocean waters, the ever-growing contamination of our seas, and not forgetting the Fukushima nuclear disaster, its possible this will do even more damage to the industry.

However, these two scandals indicate to me that these days, some people will go to any lengths to ‘make a buck’, and as usual its the consumer that suffers.

Roy.

 

4 Responses to “First The Horse Meat Scandal, And Now Fish!”

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  2. Marion Says:

    Did you know that in Germany there are many horse-butchers? I mean these are shops where they sell only products made of horse meat. All kind of sausages and meat you can find there. So it seems that for the Germans it’s quite normal to eat this and I guess you will not hear a lot of protest coming from there.
    They are stating that horse meat doesn’t have “Purine” (sorry, I don’t know the English Expression for this. It’s a cristal made by the kidneys and this in all other meats – escpecially in pork).

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    • Hi Marion,
      Thank you for the comment.
      In fact I do know that, but as I am sure you will agree, people have the choice of eating horse meat if they please, and in such circumstances know what they are buying. The current scandal however is that horse meat is being disguised as beef, and in this situation people are being cheated. There are several countries in the world where the eating of horse meat is considered normal, but in England in particular, a country with a deep love of horses, such a thing is unthinkable. I guess you can best sum it up as: “Different strokes for different folks!”
      Best Regards,
      Roy.

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