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DNA check uncovers widespread fish fraud

Jiro still dreams of sushi, but a new “mislabeled seafood” report could cause nightmares elsewhere in this segment.

Menu transparency is a hot trend in the foodservice industry, but some of the top sushi restaurants in Los Angeles haven’t gotten the hang of it just yet. DNA analysis performed on samples of 10 popular seafood species served there found nearly half—47 percent—were “mislabeled.” The unanswered question: Were restaurant operators perpetrators of this ongoing fraud, or its victims?

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