Fish Labeled As Steak

That is some lean beef right there. Reader Sam shares this picture of pieces of fish a Ralphs grocery store in Los Angeles mistakingly labeled as boneless chuck steak. This genetically modified food craze has gotten well out of hand. At least it’s “farm raised.”


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  1. warf0x0r says:

    I’d like to be the first to say, “MY GOD!”

  2. weakdome says:

    $2.59 is cheap, regardless of whether it’s fish or steak. I hope he bought it.

  3. The Great Aussie Evil says:

    Maybe the guy labeling it accidentally labeled his brains as ground beef.

  4. redhelix says:

    Eh, whatever. I used to pack meat in a grocery store and occasionally I’d make that mistake. You’re making a few dozen packs of the same meat, you start getting it down to a fluid motion, then you switch to another meat and forget to punch the new code in the scale. It’s an honest mistake, hardly consumerist-worthy.

  5. chrisfromnl says:

    Being allergic to fish, I always have a small worry in the back of my head when eating chicken nuggets or chicken burgers, that it might in fact be fish. This is the closest I’ve seen to that, but I’m pretty sure I would catch this one.

  6. egosub2 says:

    A friend of mine once found a small rubber chicken packaged in the meat aisle. Needless to say, she bought it.

  7. just_paranoid says:

    maybe this is kinda like turkey bacon :)

  8. Black Bellamy says:

    @redhelix: That’s right – me too. As a matter of fact sometimes we used to make up our own labels when we were bored. Sometimes I would label stuff Boneless Charles, that sort of thing. Agree – not a scam worthy of the consumerist – just some nineteen-year old with fat fingers.

  9. weakdome says:

    @egosub2: That’s amazing, something I would totally do.

  10. FreemanB says:

    Guess I should have taken a picture of the t-bone steak I saw on sale last weekend at the grocery store. The price was reduced to a mere $950, weighing in at something like 186 pounds. Several people got a good chuckle out of that.

  11. KogeLiz says:


  12. DMDDallas says:

    slow news day

  13. ironchef says:

    Is this thing even worth posting?

    Come on.

  14. elvisaintdead says:

    they got the ‘farm raised’ part right, anyway.

    /golf claps

  15. Joafu says:


  16. AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

    @ironchef: I think this calls for an EECB!!

  17. NoWin says:

    Nice marbling on that piece.

  18. Echodork says:


    Should I take a picture every time I see a mislabeled product?

  19. chiieddy says:

    The price on the chuck is probably cheaper than that fish.

  20. humorbot says:

    Next on

  21. The Porkchop Express says:

    I like when people don’t think the story is worth posting…..but it’s worth an “is this worth posting” post.

    I don’t see a big story here, it is funny though. Wonder if a cashier would notice as they scan some really cheap fish.

  22. unklegwar says:

    Is this really something that’s a threat to consumers? Is this a scam? Did someone’s life get turned upside down by this? Was someone ripped off? Is this REALLY a consumer issue? Good god, someone keyed the wrong code into the sticker machine.

  23. shan6 says:

    @Black Bellamy: Boneless charles, hehe nice.

  24. RokMartian says:

    Maybe we can get that legally blind chick to sue.

  25. chrisfromnl says:

    I like the complexity of the title.

  26. AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

    Something seems fishy about this beef.

  27. ironchef says:


    Yes, it’s worth posting a “is it worth posting?” post. Otherwise the people who thought it was worth posting will post again.


  28. Ben Popken says:

    I found it amusing and applaud the OP for having the courage to publish such controversial material in these trying times.

  29. MercuryPDX says:

    @ironchef: Posts like this are like the posts on: []

    I think they’re amusing. It can’t ALL be news. ;)

  30. emona says:

    This post was worth it for the comments.

  31. DrGirlfriend says:

    @Ben Popken: Well, that’s your problem right there. People hate amusement. They want only to ponder deep consumerist thoughts and engage in robust discussions about the merits of mom and pop pizza joints. Other acceptable topics are, “the OP is a moron”, and “this is why I don’t fly”.

  32. m4ximusprim3 says:

    @quarterly: Was that even worth commenting on?

  33. mookiemookie says:

    I remember the time I got a T-bone for the price of ground chuck because it was mislabeled. Take that, Kroger.

  34. Beerad says:

    This is why I don’t fly.

  35. uricmu says:

    It could actually come in handy during Lent.

  36. DePaulBlueDemon says:

    Good price, though!

  37. CPC24 says:

    Fresh catfish filets for 2.39? I’d buy the whole stack!

  38. lockdog says:

    My favorite mislabel to surreptitiously apply to items in the meat or deli section when I was 15 and working at the Stop and Shop was the barcode for the spanish cheese known as “Drunken Goat.”

  39. shadow735 says:

    crap I would have bought all that fish I mean beef on the spot, its 1.99lb catfish runs 5.99lb where I live what a steal.

  40. snoop-blog says:

    the guy in the meat dept purposely labeled it wrong so his wife can come in and buy some good fish for cheap…..sounds like something i’d do.

  41. aglet14 says:

    Speaking of typos…Ralphs does not have an apostrophe. The last name of the founder was actually Ralphs: []

  42. KogeLiz says:

    People still shop at Best Buy?

  43. kimsama says:

    @CPC24: Dude, yes — catfish is like $10/lb here. I’d buy like 10 lbs. I loves me some ca kho to.

  44. bukz68 says:

    I think they meant to label it “Steak of the Sea.” I heard they were going to get Jessica Simpson to do a commercial: “I don’t get it… is this steak? or fish?”

  45. wilmawonker says:

    Since it’s Lent, i’ll point out there’s an old Catholic joke along these lines, but in the opposite direction. The converted protestant just doesn’t ‘feel’ Catholic and the priest says ‘just keep telling yourself ‘i’m a catholic, not a protestant’ and eventually, you will be’ … blah blah blah they find him grilling on a Lenten friday saying ‘you’re a trout, you’re not a steak, you’re a trout, you’re not a steak’

    Ba dum BUM.

  46. 1964F100 says:

    BTW…it’s “Ralphs” (no apostrophe). The chain was founded by a grocer whose last name was Ralphs, not by someone named Ralph.

  47. magic8ball says:

    @wilmawonker: Beat me to it. I was going to say, “But it is a steak – a Catholic steak.”

  48. zibby says:

    This is a big misteak.

  49. wilmawonker says:

    @magic8ball: much more eloquent than my rant. you’ve been drinking coffee, haven’t you…

  50. nutbastard says:

    Once, i purchased a rib eye beef steak from albertsons. I drooled over it all the next day, thinking about how i would cook it, season it etc… so i come home, whip it out, and start cooking. but something’s not right. it was turning from red to a pinkish white. for those of you with absolutely no sense of intuition, it was friggin’ pork.

    i like pork. but i had been dreaming all day about my clearly labeled, BEEF RIBEYE STEAK. being too procrastinatious to return the damn thing, and not wanting to argue with them about it, i just dumped it in the trash and went out for a burger. i vowed that one day, i will “acquire” a beef rib eye steak from albertsons, (now “Lucky” – again – i guess lucky ruined their own reputation so they changed to albertsons… then albertsons ruined their reputation even further and all anyone could think about, despite similar problems, was how great luckys was. so they brought it back. same old shit though.)