The Chinese government has arbitrarily decided that rainbow trout can now be labeled and sold domestically as salmon. The questionable move follows complaints earlier this year that rainbow trout were being mislabeled as salmon and that fish buyers were being deceived.
But instead of sanctioning vendors who sell trout while claiming it is salmon, the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance, which falls under the Chinese ministry of agriculture decided to legitimize the practice.
Rainbow trout and salmon look similar when filleted but trout live in freshwater and salmon are born in freshwater but then live in much of their lives in salt water. Chinese state media revealed that a third of fish sold as salmon in China was in fact rainbow trout from Qinghai province, the BBC reported.
Why not label the crayfish a lobster instead.