Readers, especially those who either haven't been around long or who haven't had time to browse my archives, may think that I think that corruption, hanky de pankies, hornswoggling, flim-flamming and cork-screwing are limited to Mexico -- and Venezuela -- and Cuber -- and Bolivia. It just ain't so.
When was the last time you sat down in a US restaurant, especially a Florida restaurant, to a dinner of "fresh Gulf grouper"? Chances are it wasn't grouper at all. This article lays out how diners, restaurants and even multi-million dollar seafood distributors are being defrauded by mislabled fish -- fish filets labeled as Gulf grouper but actually something else. And sometimes that something else is laden with salmonella and carcinogenic fungicides. And sometimes that something else cannot even be identified by laboratories and fish scientists (ichthyologists).
Asian farm-raised catfish, emperor fish, painted sweetlips (what the hell is that?), tilapia and green weakfish (or weak greenfish, I'm not too sure) were fish species identified from samples served at Florida restaurants, all of which thought they were serving Gulf grouper.
So as to avoid confusion in the future as well as fishy fraud, I'll show you what all these fish look like before being fileted.
for art, gifts and collectibles -- all hand made
by Mexican indigenous artists.
Cross posted at Pale Horse Galleries
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