Not only does Canada continue to have a problem with fish mislabelling, but that problem persists throughout the supply chain, according to a first-ever study by University of Guelph researchers.
The study found 32 per cent of fish were mislabelled and the number of incorrectly identified samples became compounded as they moved through the food system.
“We’ve been doing seafood fraud studies for a decade,” says integrative biology professor Robert Hanner, the study’s lead author.
“We know there are problems. But this is the first study to move beyond that and look at where the problems are happening throughout the food supply chain.”
The findings reveal that mislabelling happens before fish are imported into Canada, as well as throughout the supply chain, Hanner adds.
The research, published in the journal Food Research International, was conducted with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.