Leading Food Expert Warns About Seafood Fraud

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N2N Global, based in Orlando, Florida is an industry leader in food safety, traceability and compliance. “The saying goes, you are what you eat. But what we are asking consumers is, if you don’t know what you are eating, you could be in big trouble, “ says N2N Global Chairwoman, Angela Paymard.

“Consumers have to be their best detectives, asking the right questions to the right people,” Paymard said.

Summer seems to be the time for seafood and with Americans consuming more fish and other products each year, a leading Florida food expert from N2N Global warns about seafood fraud—a deceptive, expensive and sometimes dangerous practice targeting consumers.

“The saying goes, you are what you eat. But what we are asking consumers is, if you don’t know what you are eating, you could be in big trouble, “ says N2N Global Chairwoman, Angela Paymard. N2N Global, based in Orlando, Florida is an industry leader in food safety, traceability and compliance.

It is estimated that Americans consume more than 5 billion pounds of seafood each year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that about 84% of American seafood is imported but only a small percentage is examined by the Food and Drug Administration. In fact, a recent Government Accounting Office report found that the FDA devotes “ minimal resources” to detect and prevent seafood fraud.

Seafood fraud can involve mislabeling or misrepresenting the produce, substituting a species, overeating the fish or short-weighting it.

“Consumers have to be their best detectives, asking the right questions to the right people,” Paymard said.

Paymard recommends asking retailers and restaurant servers where the fish was caught, when it was caught and if it was farmed or wild. Government investigators found that red snapper, wild salmon and grouper are more likely to be misrepresented.

A 2007 case of mislabeled monkfish resulted in illness. According to the GAO report, the fish was actually puffer fish, which contains a potentially deadly toxin. The international ocean-protection organization Oceana estimates that seafood may be mislabeled as often as 25% to 70 % of the time.

About N2N Global
N2N Global’s product suite brings powerful solutions for all members of the food supply chain. For Supply Side companies, N2N offers agri-ERP solutions, farm management, food safety, business analytics and traceability software. For direct to consumer and buy side companies, N2N offers food safety, compliance, and asset tracking tools to help ensure the food supply is properly managed for minimized risk.N2N Global provides comprehensive solutions for companies looking for ways to improve efficiencies, enhance profitability, and ensure food safety. To contact Angela Paymard directly, visit her on N2N’s twitter page http://www.twitter.com/n2nglobal. For more information, please visit http://www.n2nglobal.com.

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