There are so many fish cleaning products available that consumers are paying prices that are way out of reach for many of the companies that are selling them.
One reason is that fish cleaning is so labor intensive.
A recent study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest found that some of the fish cleaning industry’s most expensive products were made by China.
In response to the Center’s research, fish cleaning giant Aquavita agreed to pay $100 million to settle a class action lawsuit that alleged that it was “selling and promoting products that are not safe for consumers and are unsafe for animals.”
Fish cleaning has long been an industry with a history of being extremely expensive.
For example, a study from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that fish cleaners and cleaners from one company cost about $3.20 per pound, and one brand cost $7.50 per pound.
But these kinds of prices are slowly being pushed down by government regulations.
The U.K. has mandated that fish cleaners must use “biodegradable materials” that are “no more than 1 percent petroleum, and contain no toxic chemicals.”
Food and Drug Administration has also approved fish cleaning as a safe, healthy, and environmentally friendly product.
In 2016, the Food and Safety Authority of Australia released a report that found fish cleaning was safe for human consumption and that “no significant adverse health effects have been associated with fish cleaning.”