A Fish Tale

Forget "Too Much Information", critics say when it comes to the catch of the day, we are not getting enough information. One in four fish sold in Canada is Illegal, meaning it is often not the fish you think it is. Made-in-Canada cutting edge technology can identify the problem and finger the food fraudsters but there is industry and government hesitation over that ... even as U.S. food safety officials embrace the idea.



Part Two of The Current

A Fish Tale - Mike Nagy

When an experienced fisherman hooks a catch, they know exactly what kind of fish is on the end of the line. But by the time that fish reaches the end of the line on your plate -- it can have an identity crisis.

Our next guest says Canadians often have no idea if the fish they eat is farmed or wild, local or foreign, even what species it is. It's a problem he says is made worse by a lax food labeling system in Canada.

Mike Nagy is a sustainable food system consultant who studies the issues around food safety and proper labeling of seafood. He joined us in Toronto.

A Fish Tale - Robert Hanner

Techniques to test the DNA of fish caught and sold in Canada are available. Robert Hanner is an associate professor and associate director of the Barcode of Life Network at the Biodiversity Institute of the University of Guelph. He was in Ottawa this morning.

A Fish Tale - Joe Nestico

Our next guest knows very well the regulations over selling fish in Canada. And he believes Canadian consumers are safe. Joe Nestico is the President of Seacore Seafood Inc. and he joined us from Woodbridge, Ontario.

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