Statement from the National Fisheries Institute

1. With fish fraud seemingly so prevalent these days, what is the restaurant industry doing to ensure that the fish they purchase is actually what it is supposed to be?

Members of the National Restaurant Association have partnered with the Better Seafood Board to ensure the seafood their members put on their menu is fairly and accurately labeled. The memorandum of understanding provides for menu audits and gives restaurateurs a place to report suspected seafood fraud. This type of cooperation ultimately strengthens consumer trust in establishments that are using all available resources to ensure an honest value chain.

2. Is there testing done anywhere along the supply chain that verifies the species of fish being sold and advertised is actually what is being purchased from fishers, suppliers etc.?

Yes. There is testing done throughout the seafood value chain. DNA testing is common among producers, processors, and distributors. And it’s not just reserved for industry. Regulators, like the FDA, test as well. In fact, the FDA’s DNA testing of fish at wholesale found 85 percent labeled correctly. Vigilance in the marketplace is an important part of stamping out fish fraud.

3. Is there a standard for what percent of a fish patty must be made of fish?

There is no single standard of identity as “fish patty” recipes vary. But FDA’s labeling regulations regarding product name and ingredient lists are strict and inform buyers, suppliers, and consumers about what it is they are getting.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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