Supermarkets slammed for fishy behaviour

TVNZ's Close Up has exposed the failure of Progressive Food's Countdown, Woolworths and Foodtown supermarkets to label Mekong Delta-sourced fish with country of origin.

"Buyers beware, if you've bought a fish called Basa from the supermarket, it was probably catfish from the polluted Mekong Delta.", noted Close Up, continuing, "In the last year nearly 300,000kgs of frozen Vietnamese catfish was imported, much of it being sold at Countdown, Woolworths, and Foodtown."

"At half the price of New Zealand fish, the Basa has been flying out the door, but supermarket giant Progressive is being slammed for failing to label where the fish is from, and for destroying the livelihoods of local fishermen." said Close Up.

See the Close Up program including Pete Dawson presenting the NZ FishFed's perspective