More Than One-Third of U.S. Shrimp May Be Mislabeled, Study Says

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More Than One-Third of U.S. Shrimp May Be Mislabeled, Study Says

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Shrimp may be America’s favorite seafood, but consumers may not always get what they ask for. According to DNA analyses conducted by the environmental advocacy group Oceana, 35 percent of shrimp sold in U.S. grocery stores and restaurants was improperly labeled by species or type, raising questions about food safety and complicating efforts to promote sustainability.

Oceana’s study of shrimp mislabeling, released Thursday, is part of a broader effort to uncover and address fraud in the American seafood marketplace. In February 2013, Oceana released a study of mislabeling in finfish, which found that one-third of the fish sold at retail outlets was not what the label said it was.

See more at http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10/141030-shrimp-mislabeling-seafood-fraud-oceana-food/ – PHOTOGRAPH BY MICHAEL STRAVATO, THE NEW YORK TIMES/REDUX

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