DNA testing of seafood samples from retailers across Montreal in 2019 revealed that Canada’s second largest city has one of the highest rates of mislabelling found in a Canada-wide investigation: a shocking 61 per cent of samples were either a substituted species or didn’t meet the labelling requirements set out by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
This testing contributes to Oceana Canada’s national, multi-year investigation – the most comprehensive study of seafood fraud and mislabeling at grocery stores and restaurants ever conducted in Canada. It has shown that almost half of 472 samples – 47 per cent – collected in six Canadian cities from 2017-2019 were mislabelled.
- Read the press release and backgrounder
- Watch the campaign video
- Sign the petition calling on the government to stop seafood fraud
- See the 2018 national seafood testing report
- View the full Montreal testing results