Your ‘wild’ salmon is keeping a dirty little secret
There’s something fishy going on in the seafood aisle.
Cheap seafood is being deliberately mislabeled and sold to you at a huge mark-up — and this fishy fraud has the potential to cost you much more than just money.
You could pay the price with your health!
A new DNA analysis of fish sold in supermarkets and restaurants finds that cheap, farmed salmon are being marked up and sold as wild salmon.
In restaurants, you have to have luck on your side to get an actual wild salmon on your plate: Two-thirds of the samples of “wild” salmon turned out to be farmed fish.
Supermarkets did much better, but were far from perfect, with 20 percent of “wild” salmon turning out to be farmed.
Ready for the most alarming part? While fish fraud has been going on for years, it’s getting worse… not better.
Oceana ran similar tests a few years back and salmon flunked just 7 percent of the time. Today, farmed salmon is sold as wild nearly HALF the time overall.
This may not be deliberate on the part of supermarkets, restaurants or even wholesalers. Much of the salmon caught in U.S. waters is sent to China for processing. Then, it’s shipped back to the United States.
Somewhere along the way, the labels are being switched to maximize profits — and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least of the bad link in the chain is in the People’s Republic.
This isn’t just a matter of not getting what you paid for.
Farmed salmon are raised in filthy waters where they are often dosed with antibiotics. They’re also much more likely to be contaminated with dangerous chemicals such as PCBs.
Even if they contain no antibiotics or PCBs (and good luck getting proof of that), farmed salmon are less healthy than wild-caught fish with lower levels of protein and higher levels of fat.
On the surface, that may sound good since salmon are an excellent source of essential omega-3 fatty acids. But farmed salmon actually contain lower levels of omega-3s and higher levels of other less beneficial fats.
It’s not just salmon, by the way. Fraud is rampant throughout the entire seafood industry and you can read more about it — and learn how to protect yourself and your family — in this free report from my House Calls archives.