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New Study Reveals 59% of America’s “Tuna” Isn’t Actually Tuna

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I seriously made myself a tuna fish sandwich for lunch today, and then got to work and saw this. A nonprofit ocean protection group has genetically tested over a thousand samples of fish from across the U.S. and found some pretty disturbing facts, especially concerning what is labeled “tuna”. 84% of fish samples labeled “white tuna”, for example, were actually escolar, a fish that can cause prolonged, uncontrollable, (wait for it)…….oily anal leakage. Here’s some other things you might want to know:

A nonprofit ocean protection group called Oceana took 1,215 samples of fish from across the United States and genetically tested them. Here’s what else they found:

  • 59% of the fish labeled “tuna” sold at grocery stores and restaurants in the U.S. is NOT actually tuna
  • Sushi restaurants were far more likely to mislabel their fish than grocery stores or other restaurants (every single sushi restaurant sampled in Chicago, Austin, New York, and Washington DC sold mislabeled tuna)
  • 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 6 different species

Find out more about Oceana’s study here

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