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Mislabeled Seafood Prevalent in New York

EMSL Analytical provides food authenticity testing to ensure products are what they claim to be.


According to the Los Angeles Times, a recent study has revealed that 94% of the fish labeled as white tuna in New York are actually escolar, a type of snake mackerel containing toxins that have been linked to digestive problems.

Additional DNA tests have revealed that 39% of 142 seafood samples taken from various grocery stores, restaurants, and sushi venues in New York were mislabeled. Also, out of 81 retail outlets in the New York area, 58 had improperly tagged items.

Seafood fraud is not just present in New York. Previous research has shown that 31% of seafood in Miami is mislabeled, 48% in Boston, and 55% in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Currently the U.S. imports 90 percent of its seafood sold to consumers, but it is difficult to detect who is responsible for the fraudulent practices.

“These widespread fraudulent labeling practices could pose serious health risks for many, including those with serious allergies to certain fish and pregnant women looking to decrease exposure to heavy metals,” states Charles Li, Ph.D., Director of PCR and DNA Analysis at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “EMSL Analytical uses FDA recommended fish DNA barcode technology to detect authenticity and to ensure products are sold for what they claim to be.”

For more information on EMSL’s food testing services, please contact EMSL at (800) 220-3675, email , or visit or

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a full service testing company providing quality lab services under the same private ownership since 1981. Including the corporate lab facility in Cinnaminson, NJ, EMSL Analytical operates over thirty laboratories nationwide in the US and Canada. We provide analytical services for environmental, indoor air quality (IAQ), industrial hygiene, forensics and materials science, consumer products, food safety, PCR, pharmaceutical, asbestos, lead, and radiological samples. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies.



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