01 Dec '11, 6pm

Barcoding Fish for DNA-Certified Seafood is the Next Wave for Restaurants

Barcoding Fish for DNA-Certified Seafood is the Next Wave for Restaurants

Getting what you pay for when it comes to fish is trickier than it may seem. Sometimes you're paying top dollar for a certain species but you're really getting something else entirely -- a cheaper substitute. Fish species are tough to identify once they've been fileted and processed, but new technology for DNA testing fish and barcoding them could help solve this problem and boost the credibility of restaurants. AP reports , "In October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration officially approved so-called DNA barcoding - a standardized fingerprint that can identify a species like a supermarket scanner reads a barcode - to prevent the mislabeling of both locally produced and imported seafood in the United States. Other national regulators around the world are also considering adopting DNA barcoding as a fast, reliable and cost-effective tool for identifying organic matter." ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/barcoding-fish...

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