50 Percent of Seafood Sold in Texas Mislabeled, New Oceana Study Reports

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Oh, Dallas. Something is fishy at our sushi restaurants. Katharine Shilcutt at the Houston Press has been digging through a new Oceana Study, and it doesn't say very nice things about the sushi we're eating.

That snapper you covet, sumptuously draped over carefully seasoned and packed rice, may very well be tilapia. The wild caught salmon the color of an early sunrise could be farmed and raised on fish feed, too. And those tuna rolls? Escolar. The study turned up fraudulent fish all over the country, but Texas was a particularly bad offender.

I'm having a harder time understanding the snapper and tilapia switch. I'm convinced the best description ever captured of tilapia was penned by former Observer critic Hanna Raskin, who called it the Wonder Bread of seafood. I realize that snapper is also mild in flavor, but customers not catching onto the switch more frequently surprises me.

Of course with a little sake, some good conversation, a little too much soy sauce and wasabi and suddenly you're mixing up sardines and mackerel. (They're both oily, right?)

So what can you do? Unless you're pretty sharp, you may have to keep gambling and hoping that you're getting what you order. There's a morsel of hope in the story though. When asked about labeling, the author of the report mentioned sushi bars are terrible offenders "unless a customer asks a lot of questions."

Talk to your wait staff. Ask questions about what you should order and what you're eating. Convince them you're a customer that knows there's more to sushi than California rolls and hot boxed sake.

Or just order uni. I don't think there's anyway way a restaurant could fool you with that one.

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KEVINK8
KEVINK8

seriously time to stop tuna ( and for that matter, cod) fishing for thirty years to allow stocks to build up again. It's the industry's own fault for overfishing and overselling.

Notmadeomoney
Notmadeomoney

Imitation crab.  If you're not breaking the shell, it's probably not crab.  Lobster-stuffed-anything is also usually a lie.

Milo Lowenstein
Milo Lowenstein

This is why I eat my seafood at Costco! (in Dallas). Dallas is a landlocked concrete jungle with a seafood scene worthy of a -1 on a scale from 1-10. It's like trying to find some fajitas & a margarita in downtown Toronto folks! Yea, you can get some good contaminated BP Gulf seafood here.

Izabela Wojcik
Izabela Wojcik

Wow! You guys FINALLY picked up the story! Great;)

therrick
therrick

Even with uni you have to be careful, you may think you are getting San Diego when in fact it is Chilean.

xmantx
xmantx

Overfishing is becoming a huge problem, I don't think people have any idea... just watch some TED talks..

TexMarine
TexMarine

Wake me when the soylent green results are in.

Blake Wilson
Blake Wilson

Wow, we did better than Southern California. What does that say?

G_David
G_David

Considering how rapidly we're emptying the oceans, does it even really matter? 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

That's why sushi around here is for morons; I had a person show me sushi they bought, and all it was was talapia and catfish all fancied up with lettuce, colored rice and garnish. Dumb. You can tell by looking at half of this shite, that is not what it is labeled......the worst violators are the whitefish(es), which, in fact, can be ANYTHING that's white-including tins cans, tires, etc. The only thing worse than sushi here, is sushi in Oklahoma. 

rawfishguy
rawfishguy

Brad is right along with a few more in Dallas like Masami, etc..

brad359
brad359

You are not eating at the right sushi restaurants. In Dallas eat at: Tei-An, Teppo, Tei-Tei, Yutaka.

lolotehe
lolotehe

Oh, hamachi kama, what are they replacing you with?

JSSS
JSSS

There's nothing worse than illegal immigrant Chilean uni, taking jobs from homegrown American uni!

ChrisYu
ChrisYu topcommenter

@G_David exactly. like, how am i supposed to enjoy BBQ when there's all this global-warming and stuff.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@brad359 

.........and don't eat BBQ in Maine........don't have have Tex Mex in Minnesota..........get it?

Dallasphotog
Dallasphotog

@kergo1spaceship @brad359 Actually, I had some surprisingly good Tex-Mex in Minneapolis.  I was skeptical, but it was really good.

(And the restaurant owned by family from the valley originally.)

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@brad359

AGAIN...............don't eat BBQ in Maine........don't have have Tex Mex in Minnesota..........get it?  I'm not misinformed; I am realist.  I can wait until I get back east to have sushi.  And I'm not paying $50.00 a plate for some half ass sushi. 


ps-Besides I eat to get full-for sustenance, seems the place's you mentioned is for people who WANT to be seen eating sushi, then run to the bathroom and spit it out. Just saying. 

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