Beware of Fake Plastic Fish in Market, Video: Fact Check

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Beware of Fake Plastic Fish in Market, Video



Other Versions

1. OMG Synthetic Fish – Fake Plastic Fish Now in African Food Stores

2. Fish Market in London, UK Selling Fish Made Out of Plastic!

Fact Check:

A video in circulation online alleges that Fake Plastic Fish is on sale in the Market. Let us analyze the truth behind the video and its claims.

About the Video of ‘Fake Plastic Fish’

As you can see in the video shown above, a man claims the fish he bought from an African shop in London(UK) is a fake fish made out of plastic. In support of his claim, he explains that the fish feels like plastic foam and water oozes out of it, as though it is a sponge. He also expresses concern about his health if he would have cooked and eaten it without noticing. In recent past, many stories about things like fake plastic rice and plastic eggs were popular online.

Some viewers also mentioned videos showing fake, synthetic Cabbage made in China.

Not Plastic Fish

The video in question appeared on 10 August 2017 in YouTube Channel Pelpa Time. Pelpa Time makes online videos. Notably, there’s a low voice audio running in the background of the video that suggests possible editing. Also, there have been no credible reports about the said incident of fake plastic fish.

The fish appearing in the video is not made of plastic or any synthetic material. The fish condition seen in the video might be a result of Freezer burn. In the picture below, you can see the typical grayish-brown leathery spots on the frozen fish. When animal meat ( or fish meat in this case) goes through a number of freezing-defreezing cycles, the cell membranes break down (become dry) and the natural texture of the meat is lost. When fish stays for too long in cold storage, it becomes spongy as shown in the video. The fish might have been in the water for a long time, thereby soaking up water. Generally, Freezer burn does not make the food unsafe to eat. It merely causes dry spots in foods, which can be removed before cooking.

So, the video stories warning consumers of fake plastic fish in the market, made of synthetic material are hoaxes.

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Prashanth Damarla