Video: Hake Hoax: Fish in Spain Not Always What the Label Says

Hake is Spain’s most popular fish, but consumers aren’t always getting what they think they are buying. A scientific study commissioned by the International Center for Investigative Journalists found that almost one in 10 fish purchased at markets in Spain were mislabeled. This video follows reporters buying the fish and explains why mislabeling can mask bigger problems in the oceans.

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Key Findings

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