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CBS12 News Investigates: Fake fish on the rise

CBS12 News Investigates: Fake fish on the rise. (WPEC)

Scientists have spoken for years about the health benefits of eating seafood from it being high in protein and low in fat to the essential nutrients that help lower the risk of heart attack and stroke.

The Center for Disease Control shows about 20 percent of adults include fish in their diet at least twice a week.

So, that should mean our health would improve, right?

Well, not unless you know exactly where your fish is coming from- beyond the store or restaurant where you purchased it.

It’s estimated that more than 90 percent of the seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported and less than 1 percent is tested by the government.

Larry Olmstead, author of Real Food, Fake Food, wrote that fish is the most frequently faked food Americans buy.

Olmstead said, “The inexpensive fish that are being substituted, a lot of them are farmed-- in Southeast Asia, from places that have been shown over and over again to use bad practices, banned drugs, banned pesticides.”

CBS12 News Investigates the rampant fraud in the seafood industry and what you can do to avoid “Fake Fish” tonight after Blue Bloods on CBS12 News at 11.

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