After the recent horsemeat scandal, more people decided to make the change from meat to fish, due to the trust we had that fish would be sourced properly. Figures have been released that show the public are consuming more fish and seafood, with the amount of consumers rising quickly. However, it seems this may not be the case and recent evidence suggests consumers are being sold cheap alternatives to cod and haddock.
Just as issues regarding the food industry had died down, further evidence has shown Asian catfish and Pollock are being passed off as cod and haddock in some restaurants and supermarkets. Just like the horsemeat scandal, it proves the complicated structure of processing food can lead to mislabelling and confusion as to who is actually at fault. While some slaughterhouses were being blamed for the mislabelling of the meat, it seems the majority of the false labelling happened before it had been delivered to the supermarket, meaning the blame can’t necessarily be placed on them.
As the fish has been sold under false pretences, some are classing the case as fraud. The cheap alternatives were sold at the same price as cod and haddock, meaning people are paying a lot more than what they are actually getting. The false labelling has meant supermarkets have been selling lower quality goods for the same price as cod and haddock, outraging customers and authorities. The University of Salford, who carried out the study, has prompted for harsher regulations throughout the fish industry to ensure this won’t happen again.
It was thought, after the horsemeat scandal and various other issues regarding food safety, enough measures were being carried out to ensure the problem wouldn’t persist. However, it seems this isn’t the case, prompting further action to be taken by food authorities. Although there hasn’t been a health risk associated with catfish or Pollock, the deception has angered a lot of people, further decreasing the trust the public has in supermarkets.Strawberry Standards provides their clients with technical and regulatory support throughout the food and drinks industries. They can help clients understand and stay compliant with food regulations.