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SAFE Seafood Act Introduced to Combat Fish Fraud

April 10, 2013

U.S. State Representative Edward Markey (D-MA) has re-introduced a new, bipartisan version of a previously-introduced bill to combat widespread seafood fraud. The bill comes on the heels of recent studies that found, on average, 33 percent of the time seafood is mislabeled in restaurants, supermarkets, and other retail locations across the United States.

A summary of the bill notes that the Government Accountability Office estimates that only 2 percent of seafood imported into the U.S. is inspected, and that only 0.001 percent is inspected for seafood fraud, putting U.S. consumers at risk of being deceived and possibly sickened and U.S. fishermen at risk of having the prices they receive for their catch undercut by falsely labeled foreign product.

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