Is your fish a fake? How to spot seafood fraud and what to do if you’re suspicious


Fraudulent labelling of seafood is widespread around the world, but there are some things you can look for to protect against it

It might be unappetising to think, as you’re tucking into succulent prawn balls or traditional fish and chips, that nearly 40% of the fish studied for mislabelling around the world is not what was advertised, according to the Guardian’s analysis of 44 recent studies.

But while fish fraud happens everywhere, from endangered species passed off as snapper in the UK to deadly pufferfish sold with devastating consequences in Bangladesh, how can you know that what you’re eating is what you’ve paid for?

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