Yeah, um, that fish might not be the fish you thought it was.

This article ( in the Washington Post about food fraud makes this mother shudder, this citizen outraged and this Jewish New Yorker pissed.  Does anyone have a conscience anymore?

Food fraud is rampant.  For example last year a man was convicted of selling millions of pounds of frozen catfish fillets from Vietnam as grouper, red snapper and flounder.  If this wasn’t disturbing enough the fish was bought by national chain retailers, wholesalers and food service companies.  Other cases of food fraud have been documented in oil, spices, vinegar, wine, fruit juice and maple syrup in addition to plenty of examples from the seafood industry.

So what are we going to do, DNA test every meal? Well, you could. Last year, some clever NYC students did and found out all sorts of horrible misrepresentations in everything from cheese to caviar. But realistically speaking, that’s not happening in my house.

I bring all this up because it reinforces my belief in buying locally. If you’re getting as much of your food as possible from local farmers at local farmers markets, you’re lowering the chances of falling victim to food fraud. In other words, the food you’re paying for will be the food you get. Your tomatoes will be tomatoes. Your honey will be honey. Your dragon fruit will be, wait, what is dragon fruit anyway? (Actually, it’s the wierd spotty thing in the pic above)

My point is that you should be making every effort to eat local food. Because if you’re not, who knows what you’re eating.

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