Bait and switch? Fish buyers beware

The fish you order in many restaurants and supermarkets may not be the fish you get.

A new report by Consumer Reports says they may be cheating you when you buy seafood, substituting cheaper fish for what you ordered.

The probe revealed that more than one-fifth of 190 pieces of seafood bought at several types of retail stores and at restaurants in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut weren't what they claimed to be.

Consumer Reports Editor-in-Chief Kim Kleman discussed what the magazine says is the fish fraud on "The Early Show on Saturday Morning," and explained what to look out for to be sure something fishy's not going on when you order seafood.

The results, she said, stunned her, and there's no way to know for sure whether profit it at the heart of the problem.

"The problem," she said, "is you can't really tell what the motivation is. There are so many hands that touch fish from the time it's caught to the time it shows up on your plate in a restaurant or in the supermarket where you buy it, that you can't really tell what the problem is. But I think the answer is more testing. People can't do their own DNA tests, so we think the federal government needs to be a lot more involved in catching this."

What's more, she says - this is a health issue as well as an economic one. For instance, there are several types of fish pregnant women aren't supposed to eat, and they may be consuming such fish without even knowing it if that's what they get when they order something else.