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Your Tuna Sandwich Isn’t Actually Tuna

Oceana

Next time you head to your favorite food establishment and order a Tuna Sandwich, take a second to wonder if it’s actually Tuna in there or not.

Oceana, a nonprofit ocean protection, sampled over 1,200 fish from across the U.S. They also tested those fish, genetically, to see if they actually were what was advertised.

And in most cases, they weren’t.

  • 59% of the fish labeled “tuna” sold at restaurants and grocery stores in the US is not tuna.
  • Sushi restaurants were far more likely to mislabel their fish than grocery stores or other restaurants.
  • In Chicago, Austin, New York, and Washington DC, every single sushi restaurant sampled sold mislabeled tuna.
  • 84% of fish samples labeled “white tuna” were actually escolar, a fish that can cause prolonged, uncontrollable, oily anal leakage.
  • The only fish more likely to be misrepresented than tuna was snapper, which was mislabeled 87% of the time, and was in actuality any of six different species.

The reason for the above is due to the fact of the world’s dwindling Tuna supplies.

Makes you definitely wonder what else is mislabeled doesn’t it?

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