Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, father of the County’s Restaurant Grading system, held a joint press conference to review the results of a survey conducted by the Seafood Task Force of 103 retail food facilities including 66 restaurants and 37 food markets. Seventy-four percent of the facilities investigated had label misbranding or false advertising on menus and over 180 violations were identified.
The Task Force, initiated by Supervisor Antonovich, is a collaborative effort by the County Department of Public Health, the California Department of Food and Drug branch and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration adopted by the Board of Supervisors to address the growing nationwide problem of seafood mislabeling here in Los Angeles County.
“Residents need to know what they were paying for — and we are committed to ensuring that suppliers and retailers practice truth-in-advertising,” said Antonovich. “We will enhance enforcement to ensure that markets, restaurants, and distributors are complying with correct seafood labeling and menu accuracy. With a unified effort, we make better, healthier, and more informed choices.”
In addition to selling farm-raised salmon as wild salmon, some examples of mislabeling include: substituting crawfish for lobster, Fluke or Turbot for Halibut, Seabream, Pollack and Tilapia substituted for Snapper, Fluke substituted for Halibut, and imitation crab, abalone and octopus sold as the real product. In some cases, Escolar is being sold as “white tuna.” However, there is no such fish as “white tuna” and some individuals may be allergic to Escolar.
Pictured: Supervisor Antonovich and Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Director of the Department of Public Health
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