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Survey finds fish is fine across Burntwood and Lichfield

A portion of fish and chips

A portion of fish and chips

A new survey has revealed that there’s nothing fishy going on at eateries in Burntwood and Lichfield.

Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards team have been visiting fish and chip shops, pubs and restaurants across the county to make sure that what is on the menu is accurate.

And after taking samples of fish such as cod, haddock and monkfish, they found that the descriptions matched what was on the plates.

The findings are in sharp contrast to other areas of the West Midlands where one third of fish sold by fish and chip shops were found to be misdescribed.  Results revealed it to be common practice for cod to be described as haddock and vice versa with many caterers believing that substituting one for another would not cause any detriment.

County Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture said:

“Customers buying food rely on the labels and descriptions of the food made by the business, in this instance with an accurate description of the type of fish given, allowing customers to make an informed choice about which product to purchase.

“Encouragingly, in Staffordshire the results are highly positive which shows that the county’s consumers are getting what they ask for and that local businesses selling fish are making sure that the descriptions on their menus are accurate.”

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1 Comment

  1. Natalie

    18th April, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Good news, and certainly a boost for the chip shops involved. I live in one of the areas where a shop was caught out and there is little trust here now.