Sign our petition to tell CFIA to #StopSeafoodFraud


We’ve released a new report, Seafood Fraud and Mislabelling Across Canada, that uncovered widespread mislabelling in five cities in Canada. This report is the most comprehensive investigation into seafood fraud and mislabelling in restaurants and retailers ever conducted in Canada. Nearly 400 samples were tested from food retailers and restaurants in Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria. Of these, 44 per cent were mislabelled.

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Seafood fraud hurts our health, our wallets and our oceans.

  • Nearly 60 per cent of the substituted samples (97 samples) found in this investigation could have potential health consequences for consumers, making seafood fraud a food safety issue.
  • In 74 per cent of instances of mislabelling (124 samples) Oceana Canada uncovered, the fish on the label was a more expensive variety than the fish actually being sold. Economic profit is the primary driver for seafood fraud
  • Thirty per cent of the mislabelled samples (41 samples) Oceana Canada found were endangered, threatened or vulnerable species. Eating these fish puts further stress on their depleted populations

The solution

Experience in places like the European Union show traceability rules work to stop fraud and protect both consumers and our oceans. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency had the opportunity to implement requirements under the new Safe Foods for Canadians Regulations, released earlier this summer, which could have ensured that seafood sold in Canada is safe, honestly labeled and legally caught. However, they fell short. The regulations do not address seafood fraud or keep illegally caught seafood out of Canadian supply chains and leave Canada behind international best practices. Full boat-to-plate traceability, paired with comprehensive labelling, can help our health, our wallets, and our oceans.

Sign our petition to tell CFIA we need full boat-to-plate traceability and join the conversation at #StopSeafoodFraud.