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Fake Fish

I saw an article today about restaurants in Atlanta, Georgia and Florida selling fake fish.  In other words, they were claiming and charging a high price for grouper, catfish and a few other types of fish that were primarily fried where you could not tell the difference simply by looking at the finished product.  This, of course, did not apply to salmon, swordfish, lobster, shrimp and a few more types of fish.  The restaurants were charging a high price for fish that was not only fake but of a lesser quality.  They were purchasing fish from Vietnam fish farms.  What is worse is that the article showed pictures and the water the fish were in was filthy and overcrowded.  Most managers and/or owners did not respond when being interviewed.  The substitute fish was swai.  This is actually a new way of cheating.  The swai costs about three dollars a pound or one Euro plus nine cents. The other fishes range from fifteen to twenty U.S. dollars or twenty-nine Euros and twenty-five cents to twenty-nine Euros and ninety cents.  It’s a huge difference and their profits were steadily increasing until this article today.  Of course, in the grocery in America there products that say imitation but they are much cheaper and state clearly. I have never seen fake fish in Europe groceries.  I am sure in the restaurant business there is plenty of waste.  I have no idea how the reporter stumbled upon this treachery, but if I was to guess I would say a person on the inside leaked the information and  who will  probably remain anonymous. The picture above is an actual photo of swai.  I doubt that the previous diners will ever go to those restaurants ever again and probably let all their friends know as well.  They will not receive compensation for the fake fish meals they were clearly overcharged for. How do you feel about fake fish with high prices? The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Now available audio and videos for the Good Gus series on YouTube! Digitizing for all the books are available now on YouTube! “Misplaced Trust” is now available on Amazon in e-book form. It is also available digitally at If you are thinking of a Will or a Living Trust, “Misplaced Trust” will give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

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