DNA Bar Coding Prevent Mislabeling of Seafood
Mangalore: It has been found that the customers are tricked into paying higher prices for seafood passed off as a premium variety. This is done by incorrect labelling which can come to end if DNA bar-coding is used.
Vivek Rohidas Vartak, a fisheries scientist from the Panvel-based Khar Land Research Station of Dr.Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth suggested a technology that can prevent mislabeling of processed seafood.
He was speaking at a technical session at the biennial aquaculture event, ‘Aqua Aquaria India 2017’, billed as the largest show in Asia focused on the aquaculture and ornamental fish sectors.
Vivek told that DNA bar-coding of seafood has the potential of preventing mislabeling of processed seafood as most of the people do not notice label and at fish shops they pass off species in superior varieties.
He said that seafood fraud is committed by the eateries because most people do not notice labeling. This gives the eateries an opportunity to pass off inferior species of fishes and crabs as superior varieties.
He told that a study conducted by his team at Maharashtra restaurant using the DNA bar coding method has found that all crab dishes were being mislabeled.