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In the Wake of Fishgate, More DNA Testing for Seafood

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In the wake of Fishgate, the Globe investigation that found 48% of 83 different restaurants to be mislabeling fish, the FDA has announced that it will increase its use of DNA testing in fish inspections. The Working Waterfront says the process, called DNA barcoding, will make it easier for inspectors to tell when a cheaper, less desireable fish is being substituted for a pricier one. The FDA has added nine new field labs for testing but says they were going to anyway and that they're not acting directly in response to Fishgate. The practice may also aid the increasingly popular cause of sustainable seafood, helping to track illegally obtained or overfished species. Looks like there might be some more free dessert in our future.

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