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Lawmakers look to combat seafood fraud

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By BRUCE SMITH
Associated Press

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) - Lawmakers in state capitals and in Washington are working to see that consumers are getting what they think they are getting when buying seafood.

More than 90 percent of America's seafood is imported and mislabeling is rife.

The conservation group Oceana reported last year that 33 percent of the more than 1,200 seafood samples it purchased and tested nationwide were mislabeled. Only seven of the 120 samples of fish purported to be red snapper really were red snapper based on DNA testing.

Lawmakers in states including Maryland and South Carolina have introduced truth in labeling bills.

And the Safety and Fraud Enforcement for Seafood Act has been introduced in both chambers of Congress. It would require information, such as where and when seafood was caught, to follow seafood through final sale.

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