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Nov 29, 2011 02:43 PM

Something's Fishy....

Beware of Imported Fish At Your Supermarket......

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  1. I just finished a package of Vietnamese swai (tra). Now you tell me!

    1. It's up to YOU to be vigilant. No one is going to arrest you for ASKING your local fishmonger where the fish came from. While the origin is supposed to be posted, if it's not, there's nothing wrong with asking.

      Luckily, around here all the seafood is posted with country of origin, thus I can avoid Thai-raised catfish, shrimp, etc.

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      1. re: Breezychow

        This is fine if they are telling the truth. However, fish markets do not have a reputation of being truthful. Yes, maybe some of the best, high end and high price markets are scrupulous about accuracy, but many small neighborhood stores, and especially the fish sections of supermarkets, will post anything they think the consumer wants to hear. One market near me (fortunately since closed) even went so far as to have a sign for their tilapia, saying "Wild, Canadian".

        1. re: Breezychow

          The ONLY markets that I've found here in Miami that post the origin of fresh (or "fresh"-after-thawing) seafood are Whole Foods and Costco. None of the supermarkets and certainly none of the fishmongers post info on country of origin.

          1. re: racer x

            Publix always have a sign, so does Albertson's and so does Joseph's Market.

            1. re: smartie

              Well, Albertson's and Joseph's aren't in my shopping rotation (I've never even heard of Joseph's.)

              But thanks for the info on Publix. I stand corrected.
              Has Publix been posting this info for years?

              1. re: smartie

                Checked the local Winn-Dixie today. They had country of origin posted for some, but not all, of the "fresh" seafood.

              2. re: racer x

                Then your markets are breaking the law and you should report them to your local health department.

                1. re: Breezychow

                  Interesting that fish markets are exempt.

            2. I got really wary of the fish fillets in the outdoor Chinese fish markets when I noticed that the flies were buzzing around all the fish but managed to stay away from the fillets.