How much product substituting really goes on in the seafood business?
The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in Florida recently conducted a survey of 250 seafood counters at supermarkets and fish markets and found that red snapper was the most widely substituted species in the country. Over half the fish inspected that were labeled as red snapper were in fact something else. In foodservice the substituting is not quite as bad. Every now and then you run into a box of pollock that was marked cod or perhaps a changed box weight such as a 27 pound box marked with a black marker changed to a 29 pound box, or a 21 pound box made into a 27 pound box.