In Sainbury today I noticed this fish – what on earth is River Cobbler? We have had to put up with Pollock instead of Cod in some cases? The BBC Watchdog team has published the following comment on the BBC Site
BBC Watchdog: A fish called river cobbler
Watchdog has had several emails about a fish called river cobbler which is on sale at Asda and Tesco. It’s also on sale at Sainsbury’s where it’s called basa. It comes from Vietnam and its proper name is pangasius.
Some of you looked it up on the internet because you’d never heard of it before, and came across all sorts of horror stories claiming it’s fill of toxins, such as arsenic, toxic metals and harmful pesticides.
Lauren Antony from Lanarkshire emailed us to see if we could investigate this further and enlighten the nation, so we had a go.
We sent a fish we bought in Asda to a lab, where the scientists did five tests to see if they could find some of the things the internet reports suggested they would.
The lab told us they couldn’t find detectable levels of any of those substances – which to all intent and purposes mean they weren’t there.
Now, as we only tested one fish, we can’t say the scare stories are a load of cobblers – but we found no reason why anyone should worry.
The supermarkets say they’ve done plenty of their own research too, and maintain that they wouldn’t sell any product that they weren’t confident in anyway.
http://www.goodfishguide.co.uk/fish/basa-tra-catfish-or-vietnamese-river-cobbler-347 for more information
The last three 4 pictures are of old singles found in a nearby local charity shop. Clarence Frogman Henry is a classic Rock and Roller. The Top of the Pop albums have some lovely ladies on the front, I confess never to have bought one, but they must have enticed many a purchaser. What would the dearly departed Woolworth’s have done without these records in their racks. Finally a fabulous van – so much better than the ubiquitous white ones.