Fish Fraud: The Added Cost of Ice


I’ve always been the kind of person who tells restaurants to hold the ice when I order a soda so I get a little more for my money, but now it seems we all have to start doing that with our grocers before buying frozen fish.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found that shoppers in 17 states are paying for about half a bag’s worth of ice when they buy frozen seafood, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“The investigation… found that a coating of ice applied to frozen seafood to preserve quality during storage and distribution often was wrongly included as part of the labeled weight of seafood. In some instances, the investigation found, ice accounted for 40 percent of the product's weight,” the Tribune reports.

The question now is who is responsible for this fish fraud. "Unfortunately, we're not quite sure where the fraud occurs,” John Connelly, the president of the National Fisheries Institute told ABC News. “From boat to plate there are opportunities for fraud. The fisherman, the processor, even the retailer will sometimes buy a product that he knows is too good or she knows is too good.”

For the time being, all that consumers can do is buy their frozen foods at a reputable grocery store… or else go fishing yourself.

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