‘Supermarket fresh’ fish means 3 weeks old and rotting
There’s something fishy going on at the big supermarkets – they’re selling fish (billed as ‘fresh’) that was caught up to three weeks ago and is on the verge of going off.
That’s according to a well-respected ‘fish technician’, who analysed fish from major supermarkets and rated them on a scale of YUM to PONG. The big four supermarkets were all offering fish that was just on the verge of stinking the place out.
‘It’s resoundingly disappointing’ said Michaela Archer from Seafresh, who measured the fish’s freshness using the ‘Torry Sensory Assessment Scheme’ (which appears to involve smelling it and saying ‘Urrrgh! Smells like FISH!’)
‘The results show that 66 per cent — all but two of the supermarket samples — were at or below the level of consumer acceptability.’ Said Michaela.
On the scale, 2 is off and 10 is fresh. Tesco scored a dismal 5/10 for cod and 7 for plaice and salmon. Best for fresh salmon was Asda with 8/10. Get your fish from a fishmonger however, and the chances of it having jumped out of the sea and onto your plate get immediately higher – cod scored 9/10 and plaice and salmon were 8/10.
So next time you fancy a nice bit of fish, get down to your jolly neighbourhood fishmonger instead of your jolly fake Morrison's fishmonger. Unless you enjoy slimy, rotting cod, in which case, knock yourself out...