Import label bill passed to aid struggling fishing industry
Restaurants in Louisiana will soon have to disclose their use of imported shrimp or crawfish.
House Bill 335 received no “nay” votes as it sailed through the house and senate in recent weeks, which belies the seven attempts in seven years that it took to get the bill to the governor’s desk. Acy Cooper, a Plaquemines fisherman and president of the Louisiana Shrimp Association, which lobbied for the bill all those years, said several concessions were made to get the bill through this year. Restaurants won’t be forced to divulge the country of origin for their imported shrimp and crawfish, only to include the word “imported” next to each applicable menu item in font the same size as the rest of the menu.
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