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Over 12K Call on CFIA to Crack Down on Fraudulently Mislabeled Seafood in Grocery Stores After New Study Reveals Nearly half of Canadian Seafood Improperly Labelled 

SumOfUs Says Grocery Stores and Suppliers Put Consumer Health At Risk When Mislabeling Seafood for Profits

 Over 12,000 Canadian-based members of the global consumer group SumOfUs have signed onto a new petition calling on the CFIA to curb fraudulently mislabeled seafood in Canadian grocery stories. The petition comes on the heels of an alarming new study that shows that nearly half of Canadian seafood is improperly labelled, and almost a quarter of all fish from major Canadian stores are labeled with the wrong species. SumOfUs says that seafood suppliers and grocery chains not only swindle consumers of their money by mislabeling a lower-cost fish with a more expensive variety, but also put the health and safety of consumers at risk when they are duped into eating fish that may be harmful to them.

VIEW THE PETITION HERE: https://actions.sumofus.org/a/tell-the-cfia-to-stop-seafood-fraud

“A trip to the seafood aisle shouldn’t cost you a visit to the emergency room,” explained Angus Wong, Campaign Manager for SumOfUs. “Fraudulent fish mislabeling by fish suppliers to companies like Costco, Loblaw’s, and Sobey’s quite literally puts the lives of consumers at risk by exposing people with allergies or digestive issues to fish that could make them sick. The rampant mislabelling of fish in Canadian grocery stores is no accident—it’s motivated by profit-hungry companies taking advantage of lax inspection standards by duping shoppers into thinking they’re buying a higher-quality fish.” 

“Canada must follow the lead of the EU, where seafood fraud rates have fallen since the implementation of more stringent fish labelling rules. That is why thousands of consumers are calling on the CFIA to take consumer health and safety seriously by implementing rigorous boat-to-source traceability standards for all seafood sold in Canada,” added Wong.  

For more information, or for interview with a SumOfUs spokesperson, please contact Yasmina Dardari at +1 (407) 922-8149 or by email at  yasmina@unbendablemedia.com

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SumOfUs is a global consumer group that campaigns to hold big corporations accountable. Over 10 million people have taken over 50 million actions worldwide with SumOfUs since it launched.www.sumofus.org

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