Identification of fish species

Ensuring accurate labeling and preventing fraud

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Identification of fish species

The substitution of cheaper fish species for more expensive ones is a prevalent issue in the food industry, known as species fraud. This can occur either accidentally due to lack of expertise or intentionally as a fraudulent practice.

Impact on Food Quality and Consumer Trust

While this type of fraud typically does not pose a food safety risk, it significantly affects food quality and consumer trust. Incorrect labeling, especially of products like frozen fillets, is undesirable for both consumers and industrial processors, leading to increased costs and diminished transparency.

Regulatory Requirements for Fish Labeling

To ensure transparency for consumers, the EU mandates labeling of fish species with both the trade name (in the respective national language) and the scientific name, as specified in EU Directive No. 1379/2013, Chapter IV, Article 35. Additionally, labeling must include information on fishing zones, fishing methods, and processing forms.

Challenges in Identifying Fish Species

Identifying fish species, particularly fillets and processed products, is challenging due to the similarity in tissue appearance among various species and the multitude of common names. This complexity underscores the importance of accurate labeling to prevent fraud and maintain quality standards.

Key benefits of monitoring fish species

  • Consumer transparency: Ensures accurate labeling of fish species, providing consumers with truthful information and preventing fraudulent practices.
  • Regulatory compliance: Helps manufacturers adhere to EU Directive No. 1379/2013 and other relevant regulations by correctly labeling fish species with both trade and scientific names.
  • Quality assurance: Maintains the integrity and quality of fish products, preventing the substitution of cheaper fish species for more expensive ones.
  • Detection of mislabeling: Enables the identification of mislabeled fish products, protecting both consumers and reputable suppliers.
  • Advanced detection methods: Utilizes reliable technologies for identifying fish species, even in fillets and processed products, ensuring high accuracy in species determination.


Monitoring and identifying fish species is crucial for ensuring transparency, quality, and compliance in the seafood industry. By implementing effective identification methods, manufacturers can prevent mislabeling and fraudulent practices, providing consumers with accurate information and maintaining trust in their products. Adhering to regulatory standards and using advanced detection technologies supports the integrity of the seafood supply chain and promotes consumer confidence in fish products.

Product portfolio

ProductDescriptionNo. of tests/amountArt. No.
EZ PANGASIUS™ Pangasius Species Rapid Kit

Assay for the positive identification of species content (Pangasius) in a sample: EZ PANGASIUS™ Pangasius Species Rapid Kit (Art. No. 510EZP)

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10 tests per kit (test strips). 510EZP
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