Confusion isn't bait for higher prices

04/14/2014 8:04 AM

04/15/2014 4:48 PM

Re "How to protect yourself from seafood fraud" (Nosh Pit, April 13): Labeling an entire industry as catching people in bait and switch is a bit over the top.

Even Danny Johnson, the owner of Taylor's Market in Land Park has played victim. The article said he sold rock cod for Pacific snapper. According to the FDA Seafood List, in California and Washington there are many rockfish that are called pacific red snapper. There are no true snappers on the West Coast. There are 60 varieties of rockfish in the Sebastes family off the West Coast. Even the Monterey Fish Watch list says the market name is Pacific and red snapper.

When suggesting that the mislabeling is to create an economic benefit, it would be helpful to give the prices of the fish. What is the price difference between the pacific snapper versus rockfish? What is the price difference between escolar and albacore?

-- Cydney Jones, Fair Oaks

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