If you recently ordered Alaskan salmon while dining out, what you ate may have not been wild salmon after all, or even from Alaska
A new study finds diners who order “wild” salmon often get a cheaper substitute.
The study by the conservation group Oceana says nearly half of the country’s salmon may be mislabeled and priced too high in restaurants and stores when it’s out of season.
Researchers performed DNA testing on 82 salmon samples, collected in Virginia, Washington, Chicago and New York in the winter of 2013 to 2014.
What they found is that 43 percent of the samples were mislabeled.
In two-thirds of the cases, that “wild” salmon was actually farmed Atlantic salmon.
Consumers can also protect themselves by ordering wild salmon only when it’s in season. The rest of the year, fans of Alaskan can buy it flash froze.