Is the fish you’re buying the real deal?

While most of us can tell what chicken looks like compared to beef or pork, identifying and understanding fish can be a headscratcher for many consumers. With fish products reported to be at risk for incorrect labelling, how can you know if the fish you’re buying is what it says it is?

Here’s what you need to know.

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) recent testing, even when sampling was focused on the most at-risk products for sale in Canada, almost 93 per cent of fish were accurately labelled for their species.

In Canada, all foods must be labelled with information necessary for public health and consumer protection. The rules follow accepted international standards, known as the Codex Alimentarius.

Canada also requires traceability records for fish and seafood and has systems in place to help quickly track it in the rare event a health investigation or recall is needed to protect consumers.

Targeted inspections, sampling and DNA testing are regularly conducted on areas at high risk for misrepresentation to enforce the rules and prevent, detect and deter food fraud.

Overall, whether you eat fish all the time or it’s a little bit out of your comfort zone, the most you have to worry about is how you’ll cook it.

If you ever suspect that a food is mislabelled, you can tell the retailer, or report it to the CFIA.

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