WARNING! Tilapia sold as red snapper (Izumidai) in sushi restaurants. It comes from Chinese fish farms. Also many restaurants advertise red snapper but use tilapia. I went to a Chinese restaurant and I was told the fish used was red snapper. As soon as I tasted it, I knew it was tilapia. Gross.
Tilapia is nasty farm-raised fish. They are fed GMO corn/soy, sewage, and processed in less than ideal conditions. They are also fed antibiotics, testosterone, and contain contaminants including carcinogens, PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls), brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT (Dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane).
I know there is lot food fraud. I bought "swordfish" but it was actually shark. I could tell by the skin and the texture.
Food Fraud: Is that red snapper on your plate?
"Japanese snapper, known in sushi restaurants as "Tai," is the authentic species of Red Snapper served in traditional Japanese restaurants.
The common fare of "Red Snapper" in typical Sushi restaurants throughout the USA is actually a variety of Tilapia, known as "Izumi Dai" in Japanese. Not only are the tastes and textures of each form of fish significantly different, they also dwell in completely different aquatic environments, Tilapia being a fresh water fish and Japanese snapper inhabiting the Pacific Ocean."
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Tilapia in photo is from Taiwan. Looks nice but knowing what it is makes it totally unappetizing.