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No 'Bait-to-Plate' leaves big gaps for fish fraud

No 'Bait-to-Plate' leaves big gaps for fish fraud

A review of known seafood fraud indicates that proposed federal protections would fall short of stopping some of the most common forms of fish fakery.

Researchers at the environmental advocacy group Oceana found that 21 of the 27 U.S. mislabeling cases since 2001 occurred inside the United States. However, the Obama administration's proposed rules trace seafood imports from foreign waters only to the U.S. border.

Oceana also found that 74 percent of the 50 mislabeled species are not among those covered by the proposed rule. Its recent report criticized the lack of tracing for common "impostor" fish often used as...