Friday, November 20, 2009

Another reason I'm glad to be a vegetarian

Sushi fraud: Apparently, if you don't walk around fingerprinting the DNA of your fish--the database is, hilariously, FISH-BOL--you run the risk of ordering tuna and instead receiving escolar, "a nasty fish with buttery flesh that can cause bizarre episodes of diarrhea, accompanied by a waxy intestinal discharge," or an endangered species of tuna. "[R]esearchers from Columbia University and the American Museum of Natural History ordered tuna from 31 sushi restaurants and then used genetic tests to determine the species of fishes in those dishes. More than half of those eateries misrepresented, or couldn’t clarify the type of fish they were mongering."

Alternate post title: California roll, for the inevitable consumer protection lawsuit. HT: Eric Goldman.

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