Susanne Kuehne, Decernis
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Getting Pinched by Imitation Lobsters

By Susanne Kuehne
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Susanne Kuehne, Decernis

Restaurant patrons beware (yet again).

Food fraud, lobster, white fish
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Seafood is a never-ending target for defrauding restaurant and store customers. At an Italian restaurant chain in the UK, a lobster and king prawn dish contained more than one-third white fish in addition to other filler ingredients to lower cost. The dish was shaped to represent lobster meat. No health or safety issues were reported, however, this is yet another example where significantly cheaper ingredients were used to defraud customers. The company made almost $4 million in revenue over the course of several years from this dish alone.


  1. Chris Wilson (January 14, 2020). “ASK restaurant fined over ‘misleading’ lobster dish”.  BBC.

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