Too Cheap to be True: Seafood Fraud in Brussels



“Oceana carried out DNA testing on 280 fish samples collected from major restaurants and EU institutions canteens in Brussels – facilities used by EU civil servants and politicians. The testing focused on commonly served fish species under the denomination of cod (Gadus spp.), common sole (Solea solea) and bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus), and aimed at verifying the exact species sold and its origin in comparison to EU and Belgian law. Samples were analysed by the Laboratory of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Genomics from the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven. The results show an overall 31.8% of clear cases of mislabelling based on information gathered from either the menu or from restaurant staff. More than 77% of samples focused on popular restaurants from the EU districts and the city centre, with a particular focus on specialised fish restaurants. 15% of samples came from within the EU institution’s own canteens (EU Commission and European Parliament), while the remaining covered sushi restaurants.”


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