The Is A Conflict And Concern

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Mislabeling as a Conflict and Concern Despite the many positives that come with labeling, mislabeling is negative that hurts labeling legislation. Mislabeling can negatively effects consumers by not allowing them to make informed decisions regarding their labeled purchases and possibly harming their health due to “incorrect” mercury intake. Mislabeling also hurts fisheries because threatened species may be under more fishing pressure than previously assumed. Lastly, mislabeling breaks import and export seafood regulations both internationally and nationally (Jacquet, 2008). Fishermen and seafood companies are misrepresenting their product for one reason and that is financial incentives. Unwanted species can be renamed to sound more appetizing, increasing profits in return (Jacquet, 2008). Mislabeling causes a lack of traceability and an issue in re-labeling. For example a report discovered that illegal amounts of Patagonian tooth fish enter the U.S. hidden amongst other seafood or under another name, frozen fish fillet or crayfish (Jacquet, 2007/2008). Even more recently Oceana, an Ocean conservation group, revealed a study that 30% of sold shrimp products in the United States are misrepresented. Of that 30%, 15% of the tested shrimp are completely mislabeled in production method (wild-caught vs. farm-raised) or species type (LeTrent, 2014). Some of Oceana’s results, reported in Figure 1, show the alarming amount of mislabeled fish in restaurants, sushi and different
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