'Fake Fish' at Sushi Restaurants in Los Angeles

Types of fish in sushi is not in accordance with label fish listed by the restaurant

Fish time at sushi resto, Tokyo - Image credit M Paath Djojonegoro

Restaurant with a variety of sushi is the one that will be sought after by those who love Japanese cuisine at the weekend, especially for anyone who likes the variety of culinary preparations made from fish.

But the indulgence you would kind of Japanese food, citing article on the sites CNN Indonesia, January 20, should be tempered a little bit, maybe you need to be more careful.

Based on a study that label different types of meat fish in sushi spread in Los Angeles, the United States does not comply with the meat gene. You're certainly going to have a little doubt, because it was found in almost half of the 26 sushi restaurant in Los Angeles.

The study, citing the sites Daily Meal, conducted by UCLA and Loyola Marymount University are testing the DNA of fish meat used in dozens of sushi for four years since 2012 to 2016.

They, researchers have found 42 percent of DNA from the sample of fish meat in sushi is not in accordance with fish label species listed by the restaurant.

Their findings have enough reason, such as fish that are included in 'mistaken identity', red snapper, yellowfin tuna, halibut and yellowtail. Except for the Bluefin tuna that are almost always correspond between DNA with label fish species.

Types of nigiri-sushi and temaki at the upper right - Image credit Nesnad

As for salmon, as it is often used in sushi labeling errors found by ten percent.

Paul Barber, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UCLA who is also principal investigator of the study said, "I suspect we'll find a mistake in the inclusion of the identity of the fish, but not as high as we find in some of these species."

Sushi has become one of the citizens favorite foods, and according to the journal Conservation Biology, the United States imports about 90 percent of the sea food needs of other countries.

Not complete a weekend without enjoying sushi, even if tomorrow you need to be more scrupulous about the flavor of the fish they offer. Unless you have to have confidence in the restaurant that you prefer.

Source: E Priherdityo - CNN Indonesia, Daily Meal
Image: M Paath Djojonegoro, and Nesnad via Wikipedia


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