When you buy white tuna or butterfish in the grocery store, you could actually be purchasing a fish dubbed “the laxative of the sea” for its devastating effects on the digestive system including diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Escolar could make you sick for days -- and you'd have absolutely no way of knowing which fish you'd actually bought.
Almost a quarter of all fish in from Canadian super markets are mislabelled according to a just-released study by Oceana Canada. But that's not the worst of it: 100% of all snapper, butterfish and yellowtail was mislabelled and fraudulent.
This means that every single time we step in a Costco, Loblaw's, Safeway or Sobey's we could endangering our family's health by buying fraudulent fish.
But there's something we can do to fight back. A massive outcry now could push the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to implement boat-to-source traceability for all seafood in Canada. Together we can ensure the health and safety of people in Canada.
Will you sign the petition and tell the CFIA to protect our health and stop seafood fraud?
This rampant mislabelling of fish isn't by accident -- it's motivated by profits. Cheaper fish like tilapia and escolar are being sold as more expensive fish like red snapper and butterfish. And the suppliers to major supermarkets like Costco, Loblaw's, and Sobey's are getting with it while the supermarkets are also doing nothing about the issues. But cutting corners on labelling at any level of the supply chain takes money out of our pockets while suppliers continue to rake in massive profits, and it's putting our health at risk.
Escolar, a fish that is often substituted, can cause diarrhea, vomiting and other digestive issues. And for those with allergies or more severe gut issues, mislabelling could cost them their lives.
SumOfUs has worked at holding grocery stores accountable before. When Loblaw was caught in a massive bread-price fixing scandal over 14,000 members like you signed a petition calling for accountability and we delivered that petition right to Galen Weston, the CEO, at the AGM this spring.
Together, we can ensure that our health is put before profits.