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Supermarkets caught selling 15-day-old fish as catch of the day

By Mason White 5:36 PM November 25, 2014
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By: Tanya Malhotra
Consumers in the United Kingdom, are being sold old fish as fresh, according to a recent undercover investigation.

Fish from supermarkets can be labeled as fresh despite being more than 14 days old.

According to existing regulations, fish that were stored in ice can be sold as fresh for up to 15 days. A scientist purchased and tested 14 pieces of fish, and found that 5 pieces were between 12 and 15 days old.

Richard Chivers bought fish fillets from Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury, Morrisons.

Chivers said that one third of the fish were near the limit, while three samples were 9 to 12 days old and the rest were between six and nine days old.

None of the samples analyzed made any person sick. All fell within the guidelines suggested by the Food Standards Agency, so they are safe for consumption.

However, some fish may have a relatively short refrigerator life, and those who had been out of water for a significant period of time were less likely to have good taste.