Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Weird News

I swear that I am not making this up.

Here's the link.

An Illinois consumer craving seafood who bought a 2-pound bag of shrimp priced at $12.99 a pound expected to pay about $26 for dinner, not $16 for the meal and $10 for some melted ice.

That's one example of an expensive-but-little-noticed rip-off in which seafood shoppers pay for large amounts of ice that are not supposed to be included in the price, according to a group of industry and government officials that conducted inspections in 17 states.

The investigation found many such cases across the country, and the culprit is the coating of ice applied to frozen seafood to preserve quality during storage and distribution. The ice was wrongly included as part of the labeled weight of seafood, according to the National Conference on Weights and Measures, which conducted the investigation. In some instances, the investigation found, ice accounted for up to 40 percent of the product's weight. ...

The investigation was prompted by the National Fisheries Institute, a seafood industry association, over concerns about improper labeling used by some packaging companies.

Coating seafood in ice is a common and legal practice. What isn't legal, Onwiler said, is to include ice in the weight of the seafood. In some cases, investigators found seafood packers were also adding a thicker coat of ice than was necessary in order to add weight to the seafood.

Ah, the wonders of the free market.



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