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59% of the ‘Tuna’ Americans Eat Is Not Tuna

Eating Tuna

Story at-a-glance -

  • DNA testing of US seafood samples revealed that 59 percent of tuna and 87 percent of snapper were mislabeled
  • At sushi restaurants, 74 percent of fish samples were not the fish they were labeled to be
  • 84 percent of “white tuna” sold in sushi venues was actually escolar, a fish associated with acute and serious digestive effects if you eat just a couple of ounces
  • You can help to avoid fraudulently labeled seafood by asking questions about its origin, avoiding cheaply priced seafood (if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is), and purchasing the whole fish whenever possible

By Dr. Mercola

When you eat tuna, there's a good chance you're not actually eating tuna. Instead, the majority of fish labeled 'white tuna' may actually be escolar, a type of fish that can cause serious digestive effects, including oily anal leakage.


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