Food Fraud – What You Order May Not Be What You Get

Inside Edition found that Red Lobster’s lobster bisque contained a non-lobster meat called langostino. In a statement to The Post, Red Lobster maintains that langostino is lobster meat.
Langostino is commonly used in the restaurant trade to refer to the meat of the squat lobster, which is neither a true lobster nor a prawn. Squat lobsters are more closely related to porcelain and hermit crabs.

Sushi, not what you think. Unless your go to sushi joint is Masa or Nobu, you’re not getting the sushi you ordered, ever, anywhere, and that includes your regular sushi restaurant where you can’t imagine them doing such a thing.

Your salmon is probably fake and so is your red snapper. Your white tuna is something else altogether, probably escolar, known to experts as “the Ex-Lax fish” for the gastrointestinal havoc it wreaks. Escolar is so toxic that it’s been banned in Japan for 40 years, but not in the US.

Fake food is a massive national problem, and the more educated the consumer, the more vulnerable to bait and switch. In 2014, the specialty-foods sector, gourmet meats, cheeses, booze, oils generated over $1 billion in revenue in the US alone.

When it comes to basics, none of us is leaving the grocery store without some product, coffee, rice or honey being faked.

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