The Seafood Deception
Most of us stick to wild seafood where possible, and as we all know, seafood is expensive. One day while I was shopping at Costco, I was very surprised to see how expensive wild salmon fillets were. Once I did the math ($/piece), I was shocked to see that it was double what it was at Superstore (wild vs wild). So thus, I avoided that purchase. One thing led to another, and I ended up learning that wild seafood may in fact be wild as claimed, but a lot of wild seafood these days are processed in China. Highliner is one such organization that does this. You'll see things like "wild seafood, caught X"....and buried, deep within the packaging you will then see "processed in China".
So what happens is the fish gets caught, then is frozen on the boat, then makes its way to China where it's slightly unfrozen. Then, it's processed, frozen again, and then makes its way to the superstore where it's labelled as "wild", but it's already gone all over the world.
I have serious concerns with fish that has been thawed slightly, frozen again, and processed in China where standards are lax. I have since gone back to Costco frozen Salmon, processed in North America, as an example.
I certainly am not here to say what type of fish is better or to start a farmed versus wild debate. The purpose of this quick post is to help people make an educated decision, nothing more. I was not aware that "wild fish" could ever make its way to China for processing. That was news to me, and so thought I'd share.
Over the last several months, I have learned that the vast majority of fresh seafood at grocery stores are farmed, and the vast majority of wild frozen seafood is processed in China. It's very hard to avoid the former two things, but it's still do-able. One or two products at the local stores today are truly wild and processed in NA, and Costco does have a larger selection of the latter too. Hope this info helps folks make a more educated decision!