First Horse(meat) Trading, Now 59% Of "Tuna" Sold In The U.S. Isn’t Tuna

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Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,


New Study Shows 59% of “Tuna” Sold in the U.S. Isn’t Tuna



This is just the latest revelation in the stealth inflation and food fraud theme I have written about frequently in recent months.  The non-profit group Oceana took samples of 1,215 fish sold in the U.S. and genetic tests found that that 59% of those labeled tuna were mislabeled.


It seems that “white tuna” should be avoided in particular as “84% of fish samples labeled “white tuna” were actually escolar, a fish that can cause prolonged, uncontrollable, oily anal leakage.”


Oh and if you live in my hometown of New York City, you should pay particular attention:

Big Apple has big problem with seafood fraud:  94 percent of tuna and more than three quarters of sushi samples in New York City mislabeled.


Of the 142 fish samples collected in New York, 39 percent were mislabeled. New York City led the nation with the highest occurrence of mislabeled salmon as well as the highest amount of fraud among salmon collected from grocery stores and restaurants.

The full report from Oceana can be found here.

Bon appétit!

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NemoDeNovo's picture

Why am I not surprised?  What's next Ben's Beard is a fake too?

spankthebernank's picture

I'll have the sashimi with a side of oily anal leakage....thanks.

knukles's picture

Escolar: Breakfast of Political Champions

PhilB's picture

Mislabeled - more Douplespeak. There is just no accountability in the system. Banks can commit no crime, even at the extreme of sloshing funds around for terrorist states, still no crime. We've been without a pilot for some time now, if we aint going down, we will hit a mountain eventually.

WayBehind's picture

Thats why I always order salmon. I know it was safely farmed and fed with antibiotics and growth hormones so I have no worries. 

Richard Chesler's picture

You voted for Obozo the corrupt banksters' puppet you deserve to eat shit.

Hope and change bitchez!


Raymond K Hessel's picture

Apparently, soda is more of a health issue than escolar fish.  



Oh regional Indian's picture


Even huntung : CJD Deer + Ticks (Lyme)

Fishing : GM Salmon/ General Heavy Metal toxcity

"Packaged Meats": Enough said anyways

It's okay to change. I was a meat-it-tarian till 1994. Then, one day, just like that... I was done and all has been well enough since, actually much, much better.

Diet is a habit. Wear it carefully.

Be well all.



Oh regional Indian's picture

The beef with beef is all of the above(ine) and more.

Remember Oprah's beef with the burger? And how the texas ranch lobby made her eat crow (or was it beef?).

For everyone, highly recommended:

My Year of Meats...

Eye-popping stuff. Perhaps anal leaking too....

Dane Bramage's picture

One of the fringe benefits of the coming collapse/correction = it'll be more difficult to eat factory-farmed shit.... or, more PC, local and agrarian economies will thrive.  Mewanwhile, STFU leave the twigs to the ruminants (w/four stomachs) and ~> +

I stay away from fish anyways.  Even if it weren't for Fukushima, BP, etc., etc., serious mercury toxicity.  Shame that.


LetThemEatRand's picture

Pork -- the other anal leakage meat.

chumbawamba's picture

Next thing you know they'll be telling us Soylent Green is people!

I am Chumbawamba.

Short Memories's picture

How the fuck do you trick someone into eating fake tuna with sushi? There ain't that many red fish! Bonito is about all I can think of and if if the customers don't know the difference there then ... Marlin for fake Toro maybe...

It's not like somone snuck some odd meat or veg into sausages for christs sake


Badabing's picture

My motherinlaw's butt keeps leaking and she loves tuna.

GetZeeGold's picture


Mislabeled fish or genetically modified vegan crap?


Hold on...I'm thinking about it.

zhandax's picture

Marlin for fake Toro maybe...

I was eating sushi back when J.J. was slicing blue marlin at Fuji in Boca, and it is not red.  Exquisite, but off-white.  Haven't seen any on a menu since the late 80's.  Guess commercial sale was banned. 

U4 eee aaa's picture

Maybe they use artificial coloring

Hive Raid's picture

New York has the most Piscal fraud? I didn't mean to order the jewfish.


The Bernanke Bank Roll: Gefilte fish and rice wrapped in last week's New York Times. It'll blow out your assets.


Greenspan Salmon Sashimi: For every piece of real salmon, we add ten pieces of gefilte. No wonder they call me a prophet, I should have been a Jewish carpenter. "We've been doing this shit for ages! Hey, slice it a little thinner" he shouts to Juan, who is shamefully adorned in traditional Japanese garb.


Manhattan's finest will eat anything with a shit eating grin if it costs enough. Byproducts are written off as yesterday's residual Santorum. It couldn't happen to better people.


The ADL's new campaign to ban harpoons... too many little gefiltes are being killed in cold blood. Opposition is anti-Semitic. There's been surprising support in congress, and Malcolm O shed a dry tear on TV before he broke into the electric boogaloo.

sitenine's picture

Imagine just how many people from catchers, sellers, buyers, butchers, etc. who all know firsthand that this is going on? And how many people know first hand where the horse meat is coming from and how it's getting into the food supply? How may mother fuckers knew? These are conspiracies, are they not!? We can't trust govt., we can't trust the money, and now you can't trust your food. Another example is defeat of GMO labeling in Cali. We aren't allowed to know what the fuck we are eating!? This is no way to live! FFS, this is shit!

TruthInSunshine's picture

They're going to unveil the Chained Consumer Price Index soon, and none of this will matter to even the degree it does now (the BLS will weigh melamine fortified, moistened sawdust as an equivalent substitute for peanut butter for purposes of tabulating inflation).

Regular oily anal leakage will be a First World Problem by then.

Check out this link as to how/why you will eat whatever they will soon call "peas" and like it, bitchez.

zhandax's picture

I knew there was some reason I lost interest in freshman honors Phych, and B.F. Skinner's work was one of the core topics (I did pick up a few useful tidbit from studying William James, who, apparently, was the prof's hero). 

As far as escolar, that 'super white tuna' you get in sushi bars is exactly that.  The concern here is probably for people who feed their kids canned tuna 4 days a week.  Those kids are already fucked 40 ways to Friday, and obozo care will just declare that 'oily anal leakage' is a normal human condition.  From what I have seen of 20-year olds lately, it could be a feature at frat parties.

duo's picture

At the Albertson's near me they always have "Atlantic Salmon" which also says "Product of Chile".  Whenever I ask at the counter which part of Chile is on the Atlantic coast, I get a blank look.

Solon the Destroyer's picture

That would be the southern tip of Chile.

Crash N. Burn's picture

 Beef or McMuck?

Remember when food was actually good for you? Shit!

espirit's picture

I hear Australian kangaroo meat is "big" in China, they just don't know it yet.

akak's picture

Kangaroo: the other dog meat.

monoloco's picture

The only difference between beef and horse meat is that horse meat is leaner and tastes better. Donkey meat is also very tasty.

PY-129-20's picture

To be a Vegetarian does not improve your health. You know what is really important? Know your source! Where does your food come from? I try to buy as much as possible from local people I know. I also have a garden where I can plant everything. I used [Walahfrid] Strabos descriptions [Hortulus] to build my own garden. He was a German monk in the 9th century. I combine this with more modern plants, insights and techniques.

Take your time. It just needs to be a weekend. Is that much? A weekend per annum? To visit a local farmer and speak with them and to get a feeling about them. Yes, I know. You cannot watch them 24 hours and you never know 100 % - but get familiar with them, know how they do their stuff, where they get their seeds and so forth. Do you know the people that create your food? I know it is not possible for everyone. Most people tend to live in urban areas nowadays. I lived in a city too and it was messing up with my health. I was able to relocate to a more rural area. 

Our problem is that we are heavily disconnected to our food. Something that was the most important thing for ancestors. Of course, there is always a chance that things go wrong. Soil can be contaminated, seeds can be contaminated, even a hunted deer can be contaminated [think about the impact Chernobyl left - boars are still contaminated in areas in Germany and Austria and other European countries] - or would you plant a seed in Bhopal? Or soil contaminated with Agent Orange in Vietnam, Laos and other places. Not to mention China or Fukushima.

It is getting difficult on our small planet to get clean food. Isn't that shameful? Ignorance is bliss, I guess.

PrintemDano's picture

I love animals, they're delicious.


jballz's picture

Yes because there were so many good choices.

McMolotov's picture

59% of the time, you get oily anal leakage every time.

ETA: And God only knows wtf is in the cat food I've been feeding Grandma.

akak's picture

At least Orly's $0.99/lb chicken breasts are probably safe.


AssFire's picture

Escolar is to Tuna as

Tungston is to Gold

Get the Gold Tuna


fourchan's picture


Stackers's picture

Well at least Austin/Houston sushi bars are consistent

Zer0head's picture

it is all horseshit notwithstanding the rest that is all bullshit


Crash Overide's picture

First Horse(meat) Trading, Now 59% Of "Tuna" Sold In The U.S. Isn’t Tuna

Next thing ya know the stock and PM markets will be rigged!    *cough*

DeadFred's picture

Fortunately the SoylentGreen is still first rate.

NoDebt's picture

Makes Twinkies seem pretty good by comparison, doesn't it?

At least you don't have to worry much about cat food.  No real reason to mis-label it.  Gotta believe it's no worse than Dinty Moore Beef Stew (and costs a lot less).

Persistent oily anal leakage..... you gotta be kidding me.  That's gotta be thrown in there to elicit the exact reaction it's gotten.  It's gotta be hype.  Can we get a voluteer to field-test this for us?

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

I have eaten it, and I shit my pants the next day. Fishmonger sold it to us, and I went back and gave that fucker hell. In his defense, he did say it was escolar. Worst part, DELICIOUS. The effect is the same as Olestra, which had a label that warned of "anal leakage",28804,1991915_1991909_1991785,00.html

Disenchanted's picture


Why would you eat a fish that has such terrible downsides? Two reasons:

  1. Escolar is delicious. Most likely, the same fatty ester in Escolar that makes you sick also makes it taste so damned good.
  2. Taste the danger! If you enjoy a sense of dining adventure, then consider Escolar the log flume of the culinary world.


further on...



So I have a couple of quick tips to reduce the likelihood of getting sick from Escolar.  It is mostly gleaned from the Internet, but the most credible source I found was an excerpt of Nick Ruello's Report On The Oil Content, Composition, And The Consumption Of Escolar.


  1. Limit Quantity. Obviously, less is more when it comes to Escolar. Conventional wisdom suggests no more than a six (6) ounce portion. I suggest an even smaller amount the first time you try it.
  2. Tail portion. While oil distribution varies per fish, the cuts near the tail generally have lower ester count.
  3. Cooking Methods. Don't appear to make a difference. There are some sources that claim grilling will reduce the wax esters but there is at least one scientific report that found this to be untrue.  Wax esters are heat stable, so the only potential benefit of grilling is that they somehow leak out of the fish.  This can also be achieved by baking the fish on a rack causing the juices, which may or may not contain wax esters to drip into the pan below.
  4. Deep Skinning. With certain fish, this oil resides just under the skin of the fish. By removing the flesh close to the skin, you can reduce the amount of wax ester. While it is recommended to do remove the skin because of its high oil count, there isn't much evidence that deep skinning will help much.  
  5. Freezing.  also does not work.  Wax esters are not damaged by cold, even after extended stays in the freezer.
  6. Fishmonger Trust. Since there are other fish that also contain high level of wax ester, it is best to go to a reputable fishmonger.  Also, Escolar has some other toxins that can result in histimine poisoning if the fish isn't stored properly.  
  7. Pre-Existing Conditions. As always, pregnant women have no fun. Also, people with malabsorption or bowel problems should probably just stay away. Unless you find your bathroom comfortable and you dislike your pants. 



Escolar: The World's Most Dangerous Fish
Disenchanted's picture

moral of the story...

Don't eat that fatty Esther.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Horse meat is actually higher cost, in terms of energy inputs and time to slaughter, than beef is, by a long shot. Ergo there can't be much of it being raised for that purpose. What is happening here is OLD HORSES end up being slaughtered for their various parts, meat included, and this ELDERLY horse meat is getting in the human food supply. Note that it is pretty common, in Europe, for humans to be eating elderly cattle too, old dairy cattle slaughtered at the end of their usefulness as dairy producers. Quality beef is rarely produced in Europe actually.

wee-weed up's picture

Confushi say...

eet sushi - sheet gushi.

Oh regional Indian's picture

That was very good in a very bad way.

Well played...

PrintemDano's picture

Why doesn't Uncle Ben just print some damn tuna!

Angus McHugepenis's picture

I've seen Orly's avatar. There are no breasts located there. Must be another JPM or GS rehypothocation scam.