Guide seafood: shrimp. How do you cheat

Have you ever bought prawns at the store? If yes, then you are almost one hundred percent certainty, from becoming victims of fraud. As well? I will explain.

Author: shrimp and shellfish in the world there are so many. I have to say: I do not know all (as I am not a scientist and businessman). I know only the basic types: those that are present on the market. About them we'll talk.

1. Atlantic or cold-water shrimp.
Comes Loose:

or packaged form:

The shrimp is caught, then cooked in sea water, frozen and glazed. All imported Atlantic shrimp are ready for use and does not require further cooking (quite the contrary: you are cooking will kill the product).

In fact, the brand does not matter: the shrimp is the same everywhere. What is the catch?

Any shrimp "calibrated" at the factory. It expanded in the dimensional series. Atlantic shrimp calibrated as follows: 50/70, 60/80, 70/90, 90/120 and even 120+. The figures indicate the number of pieces per kilogram. Accordingly, the smaller the numbers, the larger the shrimp. And this is where the fun begins.

Initially, the manufacturer calibrates the fresh prawns. Following freezing and glazing (coating the protective layer of ice) the weight of the product increases. Usually there is a quality manufacturer of A (is frozen shrimp, which can withstand the stated size range) and quality B. Shrimp in both cases is the same, but the quality of the "B" screwed this amount of ice, which "enhances" its size range one position. That is actually the shrimp 50/70 as "B" is not how will be sold 50/70 70/90 flooded with water; as 70/90 90/120 will go, and in the lower price segment are pieces of ice lurking inside a lonely shrimp 120+ (which has not even shrimp and krill).

This is pure fraud.

The price of shrimp is highly dependent on the size. For example, the price difference between raw material of 50/70 and 90/120 can exceed three dollars. And it is the price of the plant manufacturer: without transport, customs fees and margins importer and supermarket. Judge for yourself how great a temptation pohimichit with dimensional rows.

Why does the manufacturer? At the request of the importer, of course. The producer actually does not matter how to sell: there are certain commodities worth money and there are ways to reduce the cost of the final product by some fraudulent practices. But cheating is not the manufacturer, importer of cheating is in cahoots with the supermarket (importer always knows what he is buying). A similar scam is stimulated primarily by the consumer: as long as you continue to buy the ice in the stores, you will continue to sell it.

What you should pay attention to?

1. On the amount of ice. In Kiev, there are specialty stores that sell so-called "dry" shrimp. After defrosting the plate virtually no water: it says that you have bought the right product. This shrimp is expensive, but in fact it is the price of the product that you pay anyway (no matter what you buy). Just here you do not cheat.

2. If the package with shrimp snow - then was broken temperature. Do not buy.

3. White spots on the shell - was violated temperature. Do not buy.

There is another argument against the shrimp with lots of ice. Earlier shrimp with excessive gleyzingom imported from manufacturer (ie, up to 50 percent of the ice nakruchivlos at the factory, then the shrimp were packed and sent to the buyer). Now importers imported "dry" shrimp to avoid paying customs fees for ice (fees paid for the declared weight of the product). Then it gleyzing already performed in our country. This extra touch a product with the air temperature and a violation of (again) - a hoax. It is necessary to you? You do not buy this stuff, do the same yourself durite.

2. Shrimp vanamei.

Vans - artificially produced shrimp (in contrast to the Atlantic). Produced as a rule in China.

Available in whole shell (as in the first photo), peeled with tail:


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