Florida Capital Bureau Originally posted on July 06, 2007
TALLAHASSEE — Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Bronson is offering a little schooling for consumers worried about fake grouper.
The Bureau of Seafood and Aquaculture Marketing is fighting back against reports of mislabeled grouper by urging consumers to visit “www.fl-seafood.com” to see what the real thing looks like.
“Selling a cheaper species takes advantage of consumers and will not be tolerated,” Bronson said in a written release.
The site features pictures of grouper fillets as well as Asian catfish, a commonly substituted species. It also encourages consumers to report suspected mislabeling.
According to the Web site, consumers can expect to pay anywhere from $21 to $27 for a real grouper meal at a high-end, “white tablecloth,” restaurant to $8 to $10 for an authentic grouper sandwich at a less-formal establishment.