Bait and Switch: Investigative Report Finds 85 Percent of Tested Restaurants Substituted Cheaper Fish in Dishes

240px-Fresh_tilapiaThere is an interesting investigative report this week out of Kansas City. The local NBC station tested the fish in 20 restaurants to see if they were actually serving the fish on the menu. Seventeen restaurants were found to switch the fish with cheaper types while charging for such higher value fish as salmon.

Some of the restaurants had actual red snapper specials but were serving a cheaper fish to customers.
They sent the samples to the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, which found that they were counterfeit fish.

This included a sushi restaurant which promised red snapper but served the cheaper tilapia. It seems particularly bold to serve a counterfeit fish in raw form, but the NBC station found that such substitutions are a common practice among restaurants.

My greatest concern is the close similarity found between pate with dog food.

For the full story, click here.

18 thoughts on “Bait and Switch: Investigative Report Finds 85 Percent of Tested Restaurants Substituted Cheaper Fish in Dishes”

  1. GWLSM:

    Oh I think the CIA and congress are a group of angelic third graders, always doing what is right.

    No one in our government would ever lie cheat or steal. They are all humble servants of the people, working hard and doing the peoples bidding.

  2. JR:
    Leave Turley alone. I like these kind of reports.
    Find a different site if you don’t like it, but it only shows your unemployment status and lack of intellectual curiosity that you spend your time writing negative comments on a website you clearly disagree with.

  3. Well, this topic may be a bit below Jonathan Turley’s station, but it certainly is a practice that would otherwise go unnoticed.

    It is a consumer protection issue, as fraud is being perpretrated, the penalties I would imagine are too low, and it is almost impossible for the average consumer to be able to spot a substitution like this, verification is the last thing on people’s minds when they are trying to have a good time out.
    The consumer rightly trusts that he is getting what he was adverstised.

    I think the best solution to this kind of problem, would be to create a statutory tort, providing for statutory minimum monetary damages if a plaintiff can prove such a substitution.
    (I also think that such a plaintiff should be charged the defendant’s legal costs if his allegations are proven untrue)

    Then the consumer would be empowered to be his own enforcer, with a monetary incentive to pursue and incidentally protecting all the other consumers of that proprietor.

  4. GWLawSchoolMom:
    “I’ve been trying to look for inconsistencies in the Speaker’s interviews with regard to what she knew about torture and when she knew it…”

    I was watching her interview when the story broke and her body language was guilty. She had guilty knowledge of something even if it was that she recognized the implications of what she was told in the briefing and avoided asking the logical questions that would have put her on the spot, then or later. That’s what I was thinking as I watched her. While I don’t particularly care for her I give her credit for not being a sociopath so the discomfort she was displaying was very telling to me.

  5. Jack, Read the whole story:

    “First, these groups are showing their true, dishonest colors. AHIP, the main insurance industry lobby group, sent out this press release from their fake grassroots campaign after the announcement:

    By reducing the rate of growth in health care spending by 1.5% each year, the nation can achieve a savings of $2 trillion over the next decade. This effort will have a direct effect on the budgets of individuals and families and will also go a long way in ensuring that every American have access to affordable, high-quality health care. Stay tuned for more information on this important initiative in the weeks and months ahead.”

  6. I have a solution: don’t eat animals! There is no need for first world humans to consume animals in this day and age. I say HA HA to those who are defrauded by the restaurants substituting “cheaper” fish. And a bigger HA HA to the restaurant if it gets busted. They are all a bunch of chumps!

  7. Bron

    It isn’t likely that there will be a new speaker any time soon. Nancy Pelosi is wildly popular in her district and the House doesn’t just dump speakers because they did their job.

    Many of the briefings that House members get from various agencies are code word. They are not permitted to disclose the contents or even if they were present.

    I’ve been trying to look for inconsistencies in the Speaker’s interviews with regard to what she knew about torture and when she knew it. I don’t think I’m stupid but I can’t really find any.

    Do you think that the CIA is not above lying? Just asking.

  8. Food, Food Additives, Food Derivatives, Derivatives, Chemicals. It is a natural evolution. Now I understand the food chain.

  9. Sally,

    ronald regan said ketchup is a vegetable, cardboard contains fiber, imitation cheese has the word “cheese” in it and it’s probably best not to know what the “peperoni” really is. 🙂

    Also, are they saying the shashimi was catfish? I thought it was crawdaddy! Live and learn.

  10. Sounds a lot like what goes on in schools today when it comes to lunch.

    They tell you you’re getting pizza today and show a tasty looking pizza on the menu. But when you get to the counter, they switch it out with a piece of cardboard, covered in ketchup, imitation cheese, and little chopped up pieces of “pepperoni”.

  11. Obama in Tribunal Reversal

    President expected to announce decision to restart Bush-era military trials for some Guantanamo detainees

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    President expected to announce decision to restart Bush-era military trials for some Guantanamo detainees.

  13. JR:

    Actually this is just a respite from the heavy lifting. I think it is a public service because I love halibut and would hate to think I am being served cod instead.

    Prof. Turley has done a great job with this and I hope he keeps it up. We are going to have a new speaker of the house shortly and probably some resignations. We need to clean the cesspool that is called Washington and this just might be the way to do it. Also it will tie those sobs up for a long time with their “Truth Commission” (shades of the old Soviet Union) and so we will have a government that wont be making mischief for us poor slobs in the trenches.

    Go get em Prof.

  14. Health Care Leaders Say Obama Intentionally Overstated Their Promise to Control Costs

    New York Times
    May 15, 2009


    WASHINGTON — Hospitals and insurance companies said Thursday that President Obama had substantially and intentionally overstated their promise earlier this week to reduce the growth of health spending.

    Mr. Obama invited health industry leaders to the White House on Monday to trumpet their cost-control commitments. But three days later, confusion swirled in Washington as the companies’ trade associations raced to tamp down angst among members around the country.

    After meeting with six major health care organizations, Mr. Obama hailed their cost-cutting promise as historic.

    “These groups are voluntarily coming together to make an unprecedented commitment,” Mr. Obama said. “Over the next 10 years, from 2010 to 2019, they are pledging to cut the rate of growth of national health care spending by 1.5 percentage points each year — an amount that’s equal to over $2 trillion.”

    Health care leaders who attended the meeting have a different interpretation. They say they agreed to slow health spending in a more gradual way and did not pledge specific year-by-year cuts.

    “There’s been a lot of misunderstanding that has caused a lot of consternation among our members,” said Richard J. Umbdenstock, the president of the American Hospital Association. “I’ve spent the better part of the last three days trying to deal with it.”


  15. Ok, like this is news? Maybe Obama can set up a new Cabinet Post that reports directly to him on this problem.

    In the good old days when people actually BOUGHT newspapers, this is the kind of expose they were looking for. Now all you read is left wing garbage.

    Turley, Bill Oreilly called you out as having gone over the edge last night and he is right.

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