Tackling seafood fraud

Product Integrity Manager, Alison Roel, explains how DNA testing helps avoid seafood fraud.
Cod or pangasius?

Food fraud, simply put, is the selling of food products with a misleading label, description or promise.

Throughout history, dubious traders have looked to profit from substandard, less desirable or counterfeit products. From chalk in flour to horsemeat sold as beef – food fraud is as old as industrial food production itself. Tricks of the trade have included colouring vegetables with copper[i]; diluting milk with water[ii]; substituting herbs for other plants[iii]; and bulking up lamb curries with beef or chicken[iv].

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Sustainable tuna: challenges and solutions

by Jim Humphreys
Ensuring sustainable tuna populations is a global challenge. MSC's global fisheries coordinator, Jim Humphreys explains why and explains the solutions.
Yellowfin tuna ©MSC

Healthy tuna populations are essential to thriving oceans and fishing economies as well as being an important source of food. Tuna are among the most commercially valuable fish on the planet, providing livelihoods for artisanal fishing communities through to supporting large multinational companies.  As such, protecting tuna populations and ensuring that they are fished in a sustainable way, is a global conservation and development priority.

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The rise of sustainable supplements

by Nicolas Guichoux
Nicolas Guichoux, Global Commercial Director at the MSC explains the growth in popularity of MSC labelled fish oil supplements.
Fish oil capsules supplements

Seafood is well known as a source of healthy oils and nutrients. Studies show that fish oils are good for your heart, brain and bones. Some claim that they can protect you from the effects of air pollution and reduce the signs of aging [1].

For many, eating certified sustainable fish as part of a balanced diet is an effective way of ensuring that we receive the nutrients, protein and oils we need. But there’s also a growing preference to supplement diet with fish based products in the form of Omega-3 rich fish oils.

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Pacific progress: emerging markets for sustainable fishing

by Patrick Caleo
Patrick Caleo explores the new platforms emerging for sustainable fisheries in the Pacific.
Sustainable fish counter in Coles

In Australia, there’s been a marked shift in the seafood industry. Now, it’s absolutely clear to the supply chain and the retailers that consumers want to know more about what they’re buying.  They might not always choose certified goods at the counter, but they want to know whether their products are sourced responsibly, where they come from – and that someone’s taking care of these things. That’s not just true of fish: a great deal of progress has been made in free range chicken eggs, pigs, and so on. For Australia’s food sector, sustainability has become part of doing business.

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Overfishing is as big a threat to humanity as it is to our oceans

by Dermot O’Gorman
WWF Australia CEO says John West Australia commitment to sustainable tuna will drive fishery reform.
Fishermen at work

There has never been a more urgent time for seafood businesses and fishing nations to make a commitment to sustainability. The world’s oceans are in trouble, with marine life plummeting and the people who are dependent on the sea for income and food left increasingly vulnerable. Data shows populations of fish and other marine vertebrates, including marine mammals, reptiles and birds have halved since 1970.

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