Americans launch seafood traceability system

Fish News EU
March 7, 2013

The US Congress is creating a national seafood traceability system that could combat rampant seafood mislabelling, after a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers today re-introduced the Safety and Fraud Enforcement for Seafood Act.

The House legislation, of which Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) is the lead sponsor, has the potential to lay the groundwork for a national seafood traceability system in the United States. It comes in the wake of yet another round of revelations about the extent of seafood mislabelling. A study released by advocacy group Oceana last month found that one-third of 1,215 samples analysed nationwide were mislabelled according to US Food and Drug Administration guidelines.

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