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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:17 PM

DNA testing finds widespread mislabeling of seafood, crawfish for lobster, imitation crab, etc.

Get Garcia: Investigation Reveals Widespread Seafood Mislabeling in LA County

Violations were found at the following major grocery chains and restaurants:

Ralphs,
Bristol Farms,
Food 4 Less,
Pavilions,
Albertsons,
Trader Joe’s,
Vons,
Roy’s Sushi Roku, and
PF Chang’s.

There were no violations reported for the fish bought at Whole Foods, Gladstone’s and Red Lobster.


The Lobster in Santa Monica was accused of serving imitation crab and imitations abalone. Restaurant heads contend they never served abalone, and they “don’t use any imitation crab.”

Roy’s Restaurant at 800 S. Figueroa St. was accused of substituting the Tai Seabeam for Tai Snapper, and improperly identifying their country of origin.

Restaurant manager Matt Vega said Roy’s doesn’t list countries of origin, so he was "confused" over how they could misrepresent a field they don’t divuldge.

"To my knowledge everything on our menu is clearly labeled and up to date," Vega said.

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Located at 848 N. La Cienega Blvd., Asakuma Rice is accused of substituting Escolar for White Tune, a type of fish, experts say, doesn’t even exist.

"We don’t sell escolar here," said Ige, manager of Asakuma Rice. "We don’t have lobster here. We do use crawfish."

The restaurant is also accused of substituting crawfish for lobster. The eatery would not declare that they use lobster.

Maki Yaki in Venice has been accused of substituting tilapia for red snapper. The restaurant’s manager said a health inspector alerted them to the mislabeling. When asked for clarification, the restaurant’s fish purveyor "said they don’t carry that anymore and now they only carry tilapia."

"We changed it, because every time we would purchase it at the fish market they would label it as red snapper," the manager said.

The Get Garcia team first reported the problem of mislabeling last month. During that investigation, fish samples were DNA tested then the results were matched against the fishes’ labels.

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/investigations/series/get-garcia/Get-Garcia-Investigation-Food-Health-Seafood-Fish-Mislabeling-Taskforce-Survey-180060901.html

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:38 PM

1. In the 1970's, some SF restaurants were selling shark meat to tourists as sea scallops.

 

Maybe none of them do that anymore.

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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:41 PM

2. If you can't tell the difference between tilapia and red snapper on SIGHT,

never mind texture and taste, you shouldn't be serving food to others.

Like, even in your own house.

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