Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Another reason to avoid tuna and sushi

That firm flesh in your sushi roll may not be what you think. A new survey published in PLoS one showed that in NYC sushi restaurants, 25% of what was labeled as “tuna” was actually endangered bluefin. Combined this with the still insufficient quotas set by The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, which just voted to lower quotas from 22,000 to 13,500 tons this year, bluefin tuna stocks are being driven to extinction. I’m not one to criticize others about which foods are “ethical” to eat but selling and eating endangered species is simply beyond the pale.

Though I guess there was some good news to be taken out of this study. 5 out of 9 fish labeled as “white tuna” was actually escolar, an oily fish that causes temporary but severe orange(!) diarrhea. The actual name of the condition caused by these fish is known as keriorrhea and boy, do I wish some of those symptoms on those peddling off and consuming this fraudulent meat.

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