Fish: Beware of Tricks

8 years, 11 months ago - June 26, 2013
Fraud on the identity of the goods is not limited to meals and other preserves. The stalls of fresh fish and frozen fish tanks we can book their share of surprises.

The award by the fishmongers, the best known names in certain less valued fish species is so common that the consumer often loses his Latin.

The absence of a law requiring the fishmongers to label their products only fuels confusion. And fishmongers did not deny to fool consumers.

First look at the fresh fish, the consumer can easily recognize the cateau green, red or old, it is unable to locate the cobbled berri lady, eg mouth. It is equally difficult for the consumer to identify a captain, this type of fish comprising not less than four species.

The difficulty is even more pronounced when it comes to fish sold in slices. Thus marlin can be spent for bluefin tuna. What was our surprise when asking the dealer if he had the tuna, he replied in the affirmative, adding that he is "longfin tuna! "All that we are secular, we know that there are three types of tuna, germond tuna (albacore), skipjack or skipjack and yellowfin tuna (BFT), but that the barracuda is quite another thing .

The situation is even more confusing in the municipal markets. Patrick Fortuno, 'Officer in Charge' of Mauritius Fishermen Cooperative Federation, confirms this. It is not impossible that the shark is sold instead of white tuna. Once the shark skin removed, flesh fell for tuna. Ditto for the golden moon, whose skin is pink polka dot, but the flesh is sold for albacore, therefore more expensive. Can we identify fresh frozen Captain Captain, that we go for fresh fish? For the specialist, the captain with white skin comes from banks, so it is frozen (chilled). The captain therefore fresh fish from the lagoon, has a skin tending towards gray. Then at the price. Captain sold at Rs 250 per kilo at the fish is very different in appearance from that sold at Rs 290 per kg in hypermarket.

Do not try to find out if the fish sold in the shops is really cool. The keen observer can spot, in the case of big fish sold in slices, a piece of string through the tail of the fish, a practice that is on board fishing vessels at sea for long periods. At the landing of the fish, we can not talk about fresh fish. Ask the fishmonger to show you the head of the fish he sells sliced, it will be unable to do so, yet it gives the fish the name, according to the client's head.

Fish better - Promising Future for the project Smartfish

One year after the launch of Smartfish project by the Commission in the Indian Ocean, to allow consumers to have the best quality of fresh fish directly from the fishermen, the report is unanimous. For the Federation of Fishermen's Cooperatives, the results are encouraging. Patrick Fortuno, the commanding officer of the federation says it wants to expand this pilot project, funded by the European Union, other species of fish in the next season.

It is also the satisfaction fishermen and consumers. For the Federation, this project proved economically viable, hence the decision to expand to other species soon. We must remember that the Smartfish project aimed to allow fishermen trained to give added value to their fish. They ensure that the treatment and preservation of their fishing in the best of conditions until the sale. The beneficiaries of this training were also provided with equipment such as insulated containers to put the freshly caught fish, the ultimate goal is to put all the chances on their sides so that the fish caught is sold.

For next season, according to Mr. Fortuno, besides tuna, unicorn, sea bream, barracuda and the Emperor will be affected. Discuss the project and an advanced stage, with an advertising campaign and more elaborate information. In addition, an agreement with the cooperative shops bearing the sign Fair Price, allow the sale of the products of fishing on these outlets, allowing better visibility and greater availability to consumers.

Frozen fish - Station nets without scales

Frozen fish sold in trays worth focuses on labels to avoid surprises. While some, such as tuna steaks sold under the brand Sea Treasure, make no doubt about their identity, it is not the same for others.

According to Patrick Fortuno, the presentation of certain fish without scales sold in trays may disappoint. We found in the freezer of a supermarket, fish fillets in a package bore no indication of the species. However, registration Family Healthy Choice was very obvious. In addition, the word "fresh from the sea to your plate" is, to say the least, presumptuous for a refrigerated product.

What about this' fish fillet 'imported from China in a package mentioned its scientific name, or Oreochromis niloticus'? What fish is it? We also found fish fillets sold as a local well-known brand, with a single indication: fish! In terms of respect for the right of consumers to information, we can not say that the distributor is very concerned. A more demanding when to allow the identification of frozen or chilled fish law?


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