You might think twice before ordering sushi in a restaurant in L.A. A new research showed that almost half of the sushi that is served in 26 restaurants in L.A. might be mislabeled. This means that what you order is not exactly what you receive.
Some restaurants in L.A. tend to sell other products than they have in the menu. In order to conduct this study, researchers visited more than 25 restaurants that serve sushi in L.A. They did this starting 2012 up to 2015.
After they made DNA tests on every product they served they observed that almost 50% of those products were other types of fish instead of what they ordered. More than 30 orders of red snapper and 43 orders of halibut were other types of fishes.
From those orders of halibut, more than 90% were flounder. 40% of orders were some species of flounder that is classified as overfished. These two are not the only types of sushi that were mislabeled. 6 out of 47 orders of salmon were another type of fish too.
The only sushi that was the same as ordered was the Bluefin tuna. Out of 48 orders, only 1 was not Bluefin tuna. When it came to Yellowfin tuna the DNA test showed that 7 out of 9 orders were actually another type of tuna that is considered a vulnerable species.
After they completed the research they discovered than 47% of the orders were actually other types of fish. This is concerning because some of the types of fishes that are served are endangered or vulnerable. This mislabeling might be caused by the fact that the sushi that is on the menu is very expensive and hard to find.
The fish that replaces some of the sushi from the menu is less expensive and easier to find. Another sampling from grocery shops showed that the same problem. This might mean that the restaurants think that they are buying the fish that is written in their menu and instead they get another type of fish.
The researchers also mentioned that this is not only a problem for customers. This problem can endanger the species of fish. This is why people should know exactly what they order.
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