Washington state settles with 2 restaurants that allegedly mislabeled fish in sushi products

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 5, 2017

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced May 25 that his office has settled with two state restaurants. The restaurants will cease the alleged mislabeling of fish in their sushi products.

According to Ferguson’s Consumer Protection Division, these restaurants – Sushi Tokyo and Oto Sushi – mislabeled their sushi as “white tuna” or albacore when it was actually escolar. Additionally, Sushi Tokyo mislabeled tilapia as “Thai red snapper.” Ferguson’s office said the restaurants bought correctly named fish but then changed the names on their menus before selling to patrons.

Sushi Tokyo will pay a $4,000 fine while Oto Sushi will pay $1,500. Both businesses must discontinue their alleged deceptive practices.

“Consumers deserve to know the truth about what they are buying,” Ferguson said. “If you mislead consumers, my office will hold you accountable.”

Handling the case for Washington is assistant attorney general Joel Delman. Assurances of discontinuance were filed in King County Superior Court. Washington looked into the issue after non-profit Oceana conducted a study how often fish is mislabeled in sushi products.

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