ENDANGERED sharks are being served up to unsuspecting customers in British fish and shops, a DNA probe has revealed.
Researchers at the University of Exeter examined 15 battered meals from coastal hotspots – and found threatened spiny dogfish and starry smooth-hound being passed off as rock salmon.
The probe – ordered by the Daily Mirror – found samples of shark in EVERY meal tested.
DNA analysis revealed ten meals contained spiny dogfish, classified as endangered in Europe.
The other five contained starry smooth-hound.
One chippy owner said: “I had no idea”.
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Exeter University bioscientist Greg Wannell, who carried out the tests, told the Mirror: “These sharks typically take a long time to reach sexual maturity and, once they do, produce relatively few young compared to most fish commercially caught.”
EU legislation allows fisheries to label shark as dogfish, flake, huss, rig, rock salmon, rock, and rock eel.
And it was illegal to sell spiny dogfish in the UK until recently.
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But the law was ammended to allow sale as long as the shark was caught accidentally as ‘bycatch’.
A Defra spokesperson said: “Chippies can only sell these shark species if they were caught legally and sustainably.
Food labels should not be misleading because people need complete trust in the food they are eating.”
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