Do you know what you eat? Greenpeace analyzes the DNA of tuna cans

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Greenpeace analyzed the DNA of 165 cans of tuna from 12 European and non-European countries, including ours, using specific tests conducted by an independent Spanish laboratory. From the results of the genetic analyzes it emerges that one out of three cans contain different species of tuna, often mixed together and in any case not compatible with those indicated on the label.



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Greenpeace analyzed the DNA di 165 cans of tuna, from 12 European and non-European countries, including ours, using specific tests conducted by an independent Spanish laboratory. Come on results of genetic analyzes it emerges that one in three cans contain different species of tuna, often mixed together and in any case not compatible with those indicated bylabel.



Often in fact the type of tuna contained in the can it varies according to the lot it comes from. And the thing is even more striking when we consider that the cans analyzed by the Spanish laboratory they come from well-known companies, as Boatswain, Open Sea STAR, Riomare and the supermarket chain Carrefour.

In fact, in most of the labels affixed to cans of tuna written is rather generic: only the word “tuna” corresponds to the item ingredients; unacceptable information, which does not provide any guarantee as to the origin and quality of the canned food.
But that's not all, because - according to the analyzes carried out on behalf of Greenpeace which, after the campaigns "Pain in the ass”Sheds light on the canned tuna market, - some of the cans controlled contain not only different fish species from those indicated on the label, but also some fish families that shouldn't be there at all.

“When a consumer puts a can of tuna in his shopping cart, he doesn't really know what he is buying. Unfortunately, most of the products on the market - he explains Giorgia Monti, manager of the Greenpeace sea campaign - do not offer sufficient guarantees either on the type of tuna we bring to the table or on the sustainability of the methods by which it was caught ".



For this the environmental association is asking that the canned tuna industry and distribution chains guarantee certain and reliable information, pledging to market only tins containing sustainably fished tuna.

Verdiana Amorosi

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