Council warns eateries which served ‘fake cod’

Eateries have been caught serving ‘fake cod’

Eateries have been caught serving ‘fake cod’

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Chip shops and restaurants are selling ‘fake cod’ to unwitting customers by serving cheaper and lower-quality fish than the species advertised.

The Argus found three food premises in Sussex have been reprimanded for serving up substandard species of fish in the last three years – despite advertising the fish as cod on their menus.

All three restaurants were caught by West Sussex County Council Trading Standards teams.

However council chiefs are protecting the restaurants by refusing to reveal their identities.

They included a time in January this year where a restaurant in Shoreham dished up a fish pie with smoked salmon, cod and prawns to its customers – but used striped catfish and haddock instead of cod. The owners of the venue were given a warning letter.

An inspection at a Horsham restaurant in May last year found the fish in an ale battered cod and chips dish was haddock. The restaurant’s owners were given a caution.

Another occasion at a venue in Crawley found blue tilapia fish was being used as the main ingredient in a cod jalfrezi dish. The restaurant’s owners were given a warning letter.

West Sussex Trading Standards refused to identify the restaurants, citing legislation from the 2002 Enterprise Act.

A Trading Standards spokesman said: “There are some exceptions to this exemption. For example if the business agrees to the disclosure, it is already in the public domain, and also we can disclose to other enforcement agencies.

“It would also not be relevant if the businesses had been prosecuted and convicted as this would then be in the public arena.”

Despite being home to scores of fish and chip shops and seaside premises, East Sussex County Council and Brighton and Hove City Council said they had not found any food premises serving fake cod in the last three years.

A Brighton and Hove City Council spokeswoman said: “Brighton & Hove City Council Trading Standards Food Team reports no cases of fish inaccurately sold as cod in the city. Last year, the council took part in the Food Standards Agency sampling plan, submitting three cod samples for testing. All three samples were taken from businesses with historical complaints of substitution and all proved to be cod.

"During the same period, we looked into about half a dozen complaints from members of the public. The premises were inspected in these cases. Skin markings of fish on sale and purchasing invoices were examined. There were no substantiated complaints."

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11:08am Wed 20 Aug 14

We love Red Billy says...

Fake cod, fake consultations. Brighton and Hove seems to be full of total fakers.
Fake cod, fake consultations. Brighton and Hove seems to be full of total fakers. We love Red Billy
  • Score: 6

11:14am Wed 20 Aug 14

NickBrt says...

At least the cockroach in the cod+ shop was real!
At least the cockroach in the cod+ shop was real! NickBrt
  • Score: 9

11:20am Wed 20 Aug 14

That's me in the corner says...

No fake fish in B&H or East Sussex then. How many samples of 'cod' were taken/analysed by those authorities during the period in question?
No fake fish in B&H or East Sussex then. How many samples of 'cod' were taken/analysed by those authorities during the period in question? That's me in the corner
  • Score: 5

11:27am Wed 20 Aug 14

calro75 says...

That's me in the corner wrote:
No fake fish in B&H or East Sussex then. How many samples of 'cod' were taken/analysed by those authorities during the period in question?
Knowing this council, absolutely none.
[quote][p][bold]That's me in the corner[/bold] wrote: No fake fish in B&H or East Sussex then. How many samples of 'cod' were taken/analysed by those authorities during the period in question?[/p][/quote]Knowing this council, absolutely none. calro75
  • Score: 7

11:58am Wed 20 Aug 14

In the sticks says...

It's not a case of the shops serving up 'lower quality' fish...

It's a case of using a different fish than that advertised.
It's not a case of the shops serving up 'lower quality' fish... It's a case of using a different fish than that advertised. In the sticks
  • Score: 7

12:04pm Wed 20 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

Name and shame.
Name and shame. notslimjim
  • Score: 9

12:08pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Ouseler says...

This is one of the reasons I no longer eat Fish and Chips. I stick to curries now, really nice too, sometimes there's a free little bell in the curry too. I've cut down a lot lately though as for some reason I kept finding myself sitting on the lawn by the bird feeder. Ah! well, beans on toast tonight I suppose....:-) :-)
This is one of the reasons I no longer eat Fish and Chips. I stick to curries now, really nice too, sometimes there's a free little bell in the curry too. I've cut down a lot lately though as for some reason I kept finding myself sitting on the lawn by the bird feeder. Ah! well, beans on toast tonight I suppose....:-) :-) Ouseler
  • Score: 6

12:56pm Wed 20 Aug 14

notaconspiracy says...

A chippie I sometimes visit in Hove gets around the cod shortage by advertising 'Fish and chips'. If anybody asks what the fish is they say it's 'catch of the day'.

Since most punters can't tell one tasty white fish from another, this solves the problem for them without false advertising.
A chippie I sometimes visit in Hove gets around the cod shortage by advertising 'Fish and chips'. If anybody asks what the fish is they say it's 'catch of the day'. Since most punters can't tell one tasty white fish from another, this solves the problem for them without false advertising. notaconspiracy
  • Score: 12

1:15pm Wed 20 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

Ouseler wrote:
This is one of the reasons I no longer eat Fish and Chips. I stick to curries now, really nice too, sometimes there's a free little bell in the curry too. I've cut down a lot lately though as for some reason I kept finding myself sitting on the lawn by the bird feeder. Ah! well, beans on toast tonight I suppose....:-) :-)
Yeah, like we really know what's in a curry, right?
[quote][p][bold]Ouseler[/bold] wrote: This is one of the reasons I no longer eat Fish and Chips. I stick to curries now, really nice too, sometimes there's a free little bell in the curry too. I've cut down a lot lately though as for some reason I kept finding myself sitting on the lawn by the bird feeder. Ah! well, beans on toast tonight I suppose....:-) :-)[/p][/quote]Yeah, like we really know what's in a curry, right? notslimjim
  • Score: 0

1:19pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Ouseler says...

" Yeah, like we really know what's in a curry, right?"
Wakey! wakey! :-)
" Yeah, like we really know what's in a curry, right?" Wakey! wakey! :-) Ouseler
  • Score: 5

1:28pm Wed 20 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

Ouseler wrote:
" Yeah, like we really know what's in a curry, right?"
Wakey! wakey! :-)
My sarcasm was lost on you.
[quote][p][bold]Ouseler[/bold] wrote: " Yeah, like we really know what's in a curry, right?" Wakey! wakey! :-)[/p][/quote]My sarcasm was lost on you. notslimjim
  • Score: 1

2:11pm Wed 20 Aug 14

ThinkBrighton says...

Sounds very fishy to me
Sounds very fishy to me ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 6

3:22pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

Ouseler wrote:
This is one of the reasons I no longer eat Fish and Chips. I stick to curries now, really nice too, sometimes there's a free little bell in the curry too. I've cut down a lot lately though as for some reason I kept finding myself sitting on the lawn by the bird feeder. Ah! well, beans on toast tonight I suppose....:-) :-)
If you cast your mind back a couple of months, BHCC reported several restaurants and takeaways of this type using meat from different animals to that advertised.
[quote][p][bold]Ouseler[/bold] wrote: This is one of the reasons I no longer eat Fish and Chips. I stick to curries now, really nice too, sometimes there's a free little bell in the curry too. I've cut down a lot lately though as for some reason I kept finding myself sitting on the lawn by the bird feeder. Ah! well, beans on toast tonight I suppose....:-) :-)[/p][/quote]If you cast your mind back a couple of months, BHCC reported several restaurants and takeaways of this type using meat from different animals to that advertised. Goldenwight
  • Score: 6

5:16pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Wide Bertha says...

In the sticks wrote:
It's not a case of the shops serving up 'lower quality' fish...

It's a case of using a different fish than that advertised.
Indeed, almost thirty years ago I had a job for a while in a fish processing place, preparing seafood for supermarkets. Often we would cook Coley, and label it as Cod, so this is nothing new
[quote][p][bold]In the sticks[/bold] wrote: It's not a case of the shops serving up 'lower quality' fish... It's a case of using a different fish than that advertised.[/p][/quote]Indeed, almost thirty years ago I had a job for a while in a fish processing place, preparing seafood for supermarkets. Often we would cook Coley, and label it as Cod, so this is nothing new Wide Bertha
  • Score: 3

5:16pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Wide Bertha says...

I may add, I alsways had my own seat on the bus home !
I may add, I alsways had my own seat on the bus home ! Wide Bertha
  • Score: 1

5:29pm Wed 20 Aug 14

NickBrt says...

I am sure you did Bertha. Hope you didn't leave any little smelly gifts on it.
I am sure you did Bertha. Hope you didn't leave any little smelly gifts on it. NickBrt
  • Score: -1

5:36pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Frank28 says...

It is morally wrong for such businesses to remain anonymous and immune from prosecution for what is clearly fraud and a trade misdescription. This protection will not deter unscrupulous food businesses from selling us fake food in the future.
It is morally wrong for such businesses to remain anonymous and immune from prosecution for what is clearly fraud and a trade misdescription. This protection will not deter unscrupulous food businesses from selling us fake food in the future. Frank28
  • Score: 3

5:58pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

Frank28 wrote:
It is morally wrong for such businesses to remain anonymous and immune from prosecution for what is clearly fraud and a trade misdescription. This protection will not deter unscrupulous food businesses from selling us fake food in the future.
The point is, they were found out and reprimanded. In exchange for non-prosecution of the offences they have agreed to put measures in place to prevent this happening again. As a quid pro quo, they are allowed to remain anonymous. Understand that criminal prosecutions in such cases are lengthy, difficult, and often result in little or no result- Limited Companies can be dissolved and restarted under a new name, remember.

Look at it this way. HMRC agrees around 50,000 settlements for "fraudulent or negligent behaviour" each year. These are gentlemens agreements and remain anonymous. They actually prosecute around a dozen of the most serious cases, and even then are not guaranteed to win (Ken Dodd is a famous example.)
[quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: It is morally wrong for such businesses to remain anonymous and immune from prosecution for what is clearly fraud and a trade misdescription. This protection will not deter unscrupulous food businesses from selling us fake food in the future.[/p][/quote]The point is, they were found out and reprimanded. In exchange for non-prosecution of the offences they have agreed to put measures in place to prevent this happening again. As a quid pro quo, they are allowed to remain anonymous. Understand that criminal prosecutions in such cases are lengthy, difficult, and often result in little or no result- Limited Companies can be dissolved and restarted under a new name, remember. Look at it this way. HMRC agrees around 50,000 settlements for "fraudulent or negligent behaviour" each year. These are gentlemens agreements and remain anonymous. They actually prosecute around a dozen of the most serious cases, and even then are not guaranteed to win (Ken Dodd is a famous example.) Goldenwight
  • Score: 1

6:31pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Sir Prised says...

The bottom line is that you can't 'police' a society into behaving honestly and we now do absolutely NOTHING to instill that honesty. Most people prefer a selfish free-for-all, where it's the 'recipient' who should be on their guard and is seen as foolish if they are caught out. This applies whether dealing with individuals or organisations. The truth is that we have the society we deserve so simply don't expect to get cod.
The bottom line is that you can't 'police' a society into behaving honestly and we now do absolutely NOTHING to instill that honesty. Most people prefer a selfish free-for-all, where it's the 'recipient' who should be on their guard and is seen as foolish if they are caught out. This applies whether dealing with individuals or organisations. The truth is that we have the society we deserve so simply don't expect to get cod. Sir Prised
  • Score: 0

6:48pm Wed 20 Aug 14

76robmac says...

If you are paying for cod you should receive cod, and not be ripped off for a cheaper fish, name shame and prosecute these establishments
If you are paying for cod you should receive cod, and not be ripped off for a cheaper fish, name shame and prosecute these establishments 76robmac
  • Score: 1

6:52pm Wed 20 Aug 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

It's time these fraudsters were given one warning and if it happens again they are shut down and not allowed to re-open with the same owners or another member of the same family.
It's time these fraudsters were given one warning and if it happens again they are shut down and not allowed to re-open with the same owners or another member of the same family. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 0

6:54pm Wed 20 Aug 14

NickBrt says...

Oooh get this, the ooman rites brigade won't agree with you!
Oooh get this, the ooman rites brigade won't agree with you! NickBrt
  • Score: 1

7:20pm Wed 20 Aug 14

ShorehamBeachcomber says...

76robmac wrote:
If you are paying for cod you should receive cod, and not be ripped off for a cheaper fish, name shame and prosecute these establishments
Two of them used haddock instead of cod...if it was inferior it wouldn't be the same price in the chippie & very easy to mix one with the other as they are so close in quality and taste and given a choice I pick haddock...misleading story
[quote][p][bold]76robmac[/bold] wrote: If you are paying for cod you should receive cod, and not be ripped off for a cheaper fish, name shame and prosecute these establishments[/p][/quote]Two of them used haddock instead of cod...if it was inferior it wouldn't be the same price in the chippie & very easy to mix one with the other as they are so close in quality and taste and given a choice I pick haddock...misleading story ShorehamBeachcomber
  • Score: 2

7:53pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

My old mum recently went into a local pub and ordered cod and chips from the menu.
The lad waiting tables asked her if she enjoyed the meal.
She said: Pollock.
He thought she was being rude. She had to explain to the lad that he was serving what customers thought was cod and chips when in fact it was Pollock.
She told the lad she was old enough to know when something fishy was going on.
My old mum recently went into a local pub and ordered cod and chips from the menu. The lad waiting tables asked her if she enjoyed the meal. She said: Pollock. He thought she was being rude. She had to explain to the lad that he was serving what customers thought was cod and chips when in fact it was Pollock. She told the lad she was old enough to know when something fishy was going on. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 2

8:31pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Skidrow says...

Pollack. Rowlock.
Pollack. Rowlock. Skidrow
  • Score: 0

9:57pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Andy R says...

So basically, it's cod cod......
So basically, it's cod cod...... Andy R
  • Score: 2

5:00am Thu 21 Aug 14

Valentinian says...

I eat fish fingers and we all know that fish do not have any hands...what is the problme with your sort of people and English fare!!!!!!!!!
I eat fish fingers and we all know that fish do not have any hands...what is the problme with your sort of people and English fare!!!!!!!!! Valentinian
  • Score: 0

7:01am Thu 21 Aug 14

AlanPare says...

notslimjim wrote:
Name and shame.
You're Stevo!
[quote][p][bold]notslimjim[/bold] wrote: Name and shame.[/p][/quote]You're Stevo! AlanPare
  • Score: 1

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