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Consumers concerned by salmon labeling
    2018-08-23  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

TEN days after China’s fish association introduced new standards that allow rainbow trout to be labeled as salmon, the Shanghai Consumer Council held an open debate Tuesday during which industry leaders and businesses were urged to respect consumers’ right to know “about the products they consume.”

Lawyers and aquaculture academics joined the two-hour debate with representatives from the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance, the main body that drafted and issued the new guidelines.

“The intent of this debate is not to rewrite or revise the new guidelines, as we don’t have that role. But as a spokesman for consumers, we believe an open platform, including different viewpoints and interests for discussion, is the first step in bringing changes,” said Tang Jiansheng, secretary-general of the council. “From the heated discussion we are confident that improvements will emerge.”

The rules came out three months after China Central Television featured a massive freshwater fishery in Qinghai Province that claimed to supply one-third of China’s “salmon.” The show prompted discussion about whether Qinghai — an inland province — should sell a large number of trout labeled as salmon.

The alliance has previously argued that in Chinese the word “salmon” could refer to both Atlantic salmon and trout. Atlantic salmon has a wholesale price more than twice that of trout.

One of the chief concerns of labeling trout as salmon is that the latter is widely enjoyed raw as sashimi in China, while trout, a freshwater fish, may carry parasites, which are likely to be infectious to humans.

An online consumer survey initiated by the consumer council in Shanghai found that more than 80 percent of the interviewees said mislabeling salmon “confuses right and wrong.” (China Daily)

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