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(Bored Panda)   Biology professor asks college senior class to visit sushi restaurants and bring back fish samples for DNA lab assignment to test if the fish is labeled properly. That red snapper ain't what you think it is   (boredpanda.com) divider line
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2019-04-11 11:23:28 AM  
Yeah, pretty much anyone who knows anything about sushi realizes a lot of the fish isn't what they claim.  I know the guys at the local place and had a chat with them about the "white tuna" (obviously escolar) and how they needed to make sure not to give anyone too much of it.  I'll eat one piece of it since that much won't bother me (Hey, it's tasty) but won't do two.
 
2019-04-11 11:35:54 AM  

Glockenspiel Hero: "white tuna" (obviously escolar)


After 5 years of living in Japan, I went to a sushi joint back in The States and saw that shiat for the first time.  I had to look it up after asking WTF it was. Found it was banned all over the freaking place for giving folks the hershey squirts (but not in the US).  Pretty much stopped eating sushi after that unless it was at a place that was more expensive than I could realistically afford. I did go to one joint owned and run by a Japanese dude and he had medai (a kind of sea bream) on the menu as a special... the minute I tasted it, I knew it was from Japan and asked the chef where he sourced his fish. "That was flown in from Tsukiji yesterday", he informed.  Too bad his restaurant was out of my price range except for very special occasions, as he had the real deal.

/back in Japan now
//eat sushi on the regular
///can get full on $20
////sure, it's kaitenzushi
//but it's still better than 90% of the sushi places in the US
 
2019-04-11 12:27:20 PM  
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I'm done.  Liquid lunch it is.
 
2019-04-11 12:39:52 PM  
Sushi = cat food
 
2019-04-11 12:51:26 PM  
So your student shed their body lice onto the fish.
 
2019-04-11 12:51:32 PM  
Maybe don't eat raw fish? Just saying.


/like seafood
//doesn't touch sushi 🍣
 
2019-04-11 01:25:01 PM  
I don't like fish. Good for me. I'm sure all the other crap I put inside me is just fine though.
 
2019-04-11 01:34:03 PM  
Yeah, this kind of fraud also happens with meat. Lamb is expensive, but beef is cheaper, and unsuspecting customers aren't able to tell the difference.
http://www.insideedition.com/investig​a​tive/19839-some-restaurants-with-lamb-​on-the-menu-are-mixing-it-with-cheaper​-meat-investigation-finds
 
2019-04-11 01:40:22 PM  

Gleeman: Maybe don't eat raw fish? Just saying.


/like seafood
//doesn't touch sushi 🍣


I didn't realize that fish needed to be cooked in order to magically turn into the type of fish it's labeled as.
 
2019-04-11 02:16:21 PM  
Bait.
 
2019-04-11 05:31:07 PM  
I always thought escolar WAS a tuna fish.  Usually the "white fish" they serve around here is some sort of mysterious engineered substance that I stay away from in any case.
 
2019-04-11 05:36:18 PM  
I was a fish monger for 14 years. O the stories I could tell.
A few things struck me. With seafood and sushi in particular you get what you pay for. Two there is no way to confuse tilapia and tuna, if you have at least one working eye. Three the louse was probably a lab contaminant or a salmon louse. Not a biologist so I'm not sure if the DNA is similar. Escolar is fine in small amounts but I hate the practice of calling it white tuna. And lastly mislabelling happens from the fisherman all the way down to the consumer, it's a horrid practice, but the "American Consumer" are precious little shiats who can't figure out that a wild product can be seasonal and that price and avilability can fluctuate wildly from day to day.

I'm super fun at parties.
 
2019-04-11 10:28:02 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: Yeah, pretty much anyone who knows anything about sushi realizes a lot of the fish isn't what they claim.  I know the guys at the local place and had a chat with them about the "white tuna" (obviously escolar) and how they needed to make sure not to give anyone too much of it.  I'll eat one piece of it since that much won't bother me (Hey, it's tasty) but won't do two.


I always _assume_ "white tuna" is going to be escolar, and order accordingly.
The "can cause gastrointestinal distress" is somewhat overblown - apparently the rather large amount of oils in it (they don't call it "butterfish" for no reason, apparently) can be hard to digest, but neither I nor our household Minister of Fisheries has ever experienced any particular issue with a few pieces of presumably-escolar nigiri.

I would admittedly be reluctant to try to make a meal out of just that, though.
 
2019-04-12 09:22:37 AM  

cz1745: And lastly mislabelling happens from the fisherman all the way down to the consumer, it's a horrid practice, but the "American Consumer" are precious little shiats who can't figure out that a wild product can be seasonal and that price and avilability can fluctuate wildly from day to day.


I like how you pushed the responsibility for the fraud you perpetrated onto the customer, and then took a shot at their integrity to disguise the absence of your own.
 
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