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Annual herring survey reveals that almost half the herrings sold in the Netherlands are of inferior quality.

7 July 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - An investigation by the Algemeen Dagblad (AD) newspaper has revealed that almost half the new herrings sold in the Netherlands are of inferior quality.

The newspaper carries out an annual herring survey and sends investigators to visit 100 fish sellers throughout the country. This year, only 44 sellers were awarded a "Satisfactory" grade. Fourteen scored zero.

The most common problem was poorly cleaned fish. The investigators also said many herrings were kept too warm, which led them to rot quickly.

The best herrings were found in Bergen op Zoom by Visgilde Oosterscheide, the only shop to be awarded a 10.

In second place came Vishandel Koning in Rijswijk, where the herrings were said to look beautiful.

The worst herrings were offered by the Golff Supermarket in Zierikzee, closely followed by Van de Zwan in the marketplace in Maastricht, and Lange Ben on the island of Texel.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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