Vote 2020 graphic
Everything you need to know about and expect during
the most important election of our lifetimes

Most U.S. tuna isn't really tuna, and confusion can lead to oily anal leakage

Illustration for article titled Most U.S. tuna isnt really tuna, and confusion can lead to oily anal leakage

Here's some unsettling domestic news for any Americans who have grown complacent amidst the beef/horse meat scandal unfolding in Western Europe: here in the U.S., genetic analyses of fish sold in restaurants, grocery stores and sushi outlets recently revealed 59% of the fish labeled "tuna" at restaurants and grocery stores isn't actually tuna. The investigation — conducted by nonprofit ocean protection group Oceana — found sushi restaurants, of all places, were even more likely to mislabel their fish than grocers and other restaurants.


Among the study's most disquieting findings: 84% of fish labeled "white tuna" were actually escolar, a fish that can cause vomiting and "prolonged, uncontrollable, oily anal leakage" when consumed in portions larger than six ounces.


More study highlights, including maps of seafood fraud testing results and a national map of chef support for seafood traceability, at Oceana.

[Oceana via Quartz]

Top image via Shutterstock

Share This Story

Get our newsletter


Kip Russell: Has Spacesuit, will babble

[sarcasm]But-but-but...forcing businesses to accurately label their products is just more Socialist anti-business restraint-of-trade.

"Caveat Emptor, Baby!"