University study uncovers false salmon labeling

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SEATTLE (AP) -- A study at the University of Washington Tacoma has found wild-caught Pacific salmon is more myth than reality on some Puget Sound restaurant menus.

About 38 percent of samples from Tacoma-area restaurants showed a menu was promoting farm-raised Atlantic salmon as wild-caught Pacific salmon, or calling a coho a king. Grocery stores and fish markets got better scores, with only about 7 percent of store samples mislabeled.

Assistant professor Erica Cline says she was shocked at the number of substitutions her students found.

She was hoping that the results would be better so close to the waters where the wild salmon are caught, but she was disappointed.

Cline says the results point to the need for further study.